Laimdota Straujuma nominated as Prime Minister
Following a two month impasse President Andris Bērziņš has nominated former Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma (62) to become Latvia’s new and first woman Prime Minister. Prior to her nomination the minister was a non-aligned Cabinet member but over the weekend she joined the Unity Party, currently the third largest party in the Saeimā or parliament.
Ms. Straujuma will now form a government based upon what is believed to be a four party centre-right coalition consisting of Unity, the Reform Party, the National Alliance (NA) and the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS).
Laimdota Straujuma replaces Valdis Dombrovskis of the Unity Party who stood down in November after taking responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket in the capital.
The new government is not expected to instigate a major change of policies. The new government will have 63 seats in the 100 seat parliament.
Latvia became a member of the Eurozone on 1st January 2014.