Latvian Prime Minister steps down
Latvia’s Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma, announced yesterday morning that she was stepping down. There appears to have been a campaign to undermine the prime minister after she came into conflict with transport minister Anrijs Matīss.
The current government is a rather uncomfortable coalition of the centre-right Unity (Vienotība), the centrist Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and the right-wing National Alliance “All For Latvia!” – “For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK” (NA). Straujuma was appointed in January 2014 after the then Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis stood down and was appointed again after the general election on 4th October 2014.
President Raimonds Vējonis will consult with all of the parties before nominating a new prime minister. The resignation of the prime minister means that the government falls and there is likely to be a period of bargaining before a new leader is found. One thing seems clear, the Russian leaning Social Democratic Party “Harmony”, which came first in the 2014 general election with 24 of the 100 seats in the Saeima, is likely to be locked out of government again by the remaining six parties.