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Latvian pensions law referendum, 2008

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A referendum on amendments in the pensions law was held in Latvia on 23 August 2008.[1] It failed due to low turnout, as 453,730 votes (half of the votes cast in the previous parliamentary election) would have been necessary to make it valid.[2] If it had succeeded, minimum pensions would have been tied (until end of 2009) to the government-set subsistence benefit level with a higher coefficient than earlier, in effect tripling the minimum pension from 50 lati to at least 135 lati. The referendum was strongly supported by an organisation called Society for Different Politics, which aimed to become a political party.[3]

Results

Latvian pensions law referendum, 2008
Choice Votes %
No 12524 3.61
Yes 333799 96.15
Total votes 100 100.00
Turnout required 50.00

References

  1. ^ http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=6817152&subject=general&action=article
  2. ^ http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/227677,latvian-populist-referendum-on-pensions-fails-to-gain-quorum.html
  3. ^ http://news.trendaz.com/index.shtml?show=news&newsid=1276862&lang=EN

External links

  • The amendment voted on(Latvian)


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