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    LATVIA PARLIAMENT TO MOLLIFY AMENDMENTS TO EDUCATION LAW

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 28. /RIA NOVOSTI/ -- Deputies of the ruling coalition of the Latvian parliament have prepared a new wording of amendments to the Law on Secondary Education.

    On Wednesday RIA Novosti was told at the information and press sector of the Latvian embassy in Russia that, from now on, in state and municipal schools 40 percent of the total academic hours will be given to tuition in the languages of ethnical minorities.

    The new wording had been submitted by representatives of all factions of the ruling coalition except the faction of the right-wing party To Motherland and Freedom.

    Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said at the Tuesday news conference that she is not satisfied with the second-reading amendments, adopted by parliament on January 23, to the Education Law intending the study of only the native tongue and literature in the languages of ethnic minorities.

    The Latvian president said that, if they are passed in such a wording also in third reading, she will not endorse them and return for another parliamentary consideration.

    /Approximately 40 percent of Latvia's population are Russian-speakers/.

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