Solvita Āboltiņa

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Solvita Āboltiņa
Solvita Āboltiņa 2011.jpg
Speaker of the Saeima
In office
2 November 2010 – 4 November 2014
Preceded by Gundars Daudze
Succeeded by Ināra Mūrniece
Minister of Justice
In office
2 December 2004 – 7 November 2006
Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis
Preceded by Vineta Muižniece
Succeeded by Gaidis Bērziņš
Personal details
Born (1963-02-19) 19 February 1963 (age 55)
Ogre, Soviet Union
(now Latvia)
Political party New Era (2002–2011)
Unity (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Jānis Āboltiņš
Alma mater University of Latvia

Solvita Āboltiņa (born February 19, 1963) is a Latvian politician who was Speaker of the Saeima from 2010 until 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

She graduated from Riga Secondary School No. 5, a German language immersion school in 1981, and from the Faculty of Law at the Latvian State University in 1986.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

She is leader of the Unity, Latvia's largest centre-right party and partner in the current coalition government. Despite being the leader of the largest governing party, she has never been the Prime Minister of Latvia. She has been a deputy of the Saeima since November 7, 2006. In November 2014 after a parliamentary election she was replaced as speaker and appointed chairwoman of the National Security Committee of the Saeima.[4] She caused controversy after being 'struck off' the Unity list of candidates by electors at the 2014 election. Such an outcome is possible for any candidate under Latvia's method of proportional representation. As a result, she was not returned as a member of the Saeima and elected Unity member Jānis Junkurs forfeited his mandate to allow the party President to continue to sit in parliament.[5]


Foreign Honours[edit]


  1. ^ "LR tieslietu ministre no 2004.gada 2.decembra" (in Latvian). Latvijas Republikas Tieslietu Ministrija. Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "History". Rīgas Valsts vācu ģimnāzija. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Speaker Solvita Aboltina". Latvijas Republikas Saeima. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 
  4. ^ Aboltina voted in as chairwoman of Saeima National Security Committee, LETA, 6 November 2014, accessed 9 November 2014
  5. ^ "Elected Unity member declines Saeima seat". Public broadcasting of Latvia. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vineta Muižniece
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Gaidis Bērziņš
Preceded by
Gundars Daudze
Speaker of the Saeima
Succeeded by
Ināra Mūrniece