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Diena - Latvia | Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tragedy leaves Latvia with weak government

Latvia needs a new government following the resignation of Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis after a supermarket collapsed. But that government won't be able to change much before the parliamentary elections in October 2014, the daily Diena comments: "Now the coalition partners must form a new government - one which won't be much different to the old one. The new ministers will only be in office for a few months before the next parliamentary elections are held. The new government will simply wait for the election. And the coalition partners will merely delegate second- or third-rate politicians, so as to protect their best candidates before the elections. In any case, Latvia will have a weak government for the next six to eight months, and the question is whether the public can go along with this."

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