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Saeima approves Dombrovskis government

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Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Valdis Domrovskis (Unity (Vienotība)) run government was approved on November 3 in an emergency session, reports LETA.

63 Saeima members voted for the government approval, while 35 – against.

The new government is formed by the party association Unity and the Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība, GFU), who have 55 votes in total.

Unity named Prime Minister Candidate Dombrovskis was running the previous government as well, whose Head he was approved on March 12, 2009.

Unity will be responsible for seven ministries in the new government. The party’s member former SEB bank economist Andris Vilks will take up the position of the Minister of Finance, while the Minister of Economics Artis Kampars will continue running the ministry.

Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis will become the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence – Artis Pabriks, Minister of Justice – Aigars Štokenbergs, Linda Mūrniece will continue heading the Ministry of Interior, while Sarmīte Ēlerte will take au the position of the Minister of Culture.

GFU will be responsible for six ministries. The existing Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs will keep the post, the current Minister of Welfare will now be in charge for the Ministry of Transport, the Minister of Education and Science – Rolands Broks, Minister of Welfare – Ilona Jurševska, while the Minister of Health – Juris Bārzdiņš.

It is planned the newly joint Ministry of Environment and regional Development will be headed by the current Minister of Environment Raimonds Vējonis.

The government undertakes to promote national unity and growth by continuing to implement the economy stabilisation program.

Dombrovskis government is the 35th Cabinet of Ministers during the Republic of Latvia. Up to 1940 there were 19 governments in total, eight of them were run by Kārlis Ulmanis. Starting from 1990, there have been 16 governments, three of the were headed by Andris Šķēle, while two – by Ivars Godmanis and Aigars Kalvītis. Dombrovskis is to run his second government as well.

Up to now Godmanis has fulfilled the Prime Minister duties the longest – from May 7, 1990 to August 3, 1993, and from December 20, 2007 to February 20, 2009. After a coup on August 1991, the Council of Ministers was reorganized to the Cabinet of Ministers.

Kalvitis ranks the second most lasting Prime Minister, who was able to keep his post also after the Saeima elections. He headed the government for more than 1000 days – from December 2, 2004 to December 5, 2007, when he resigned.

Skele’s second government was the shortest – from February 13, 1997 to August 6.

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  1. Tian says:

    So, finally, they can start thinking about other matters.

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  2. t.g. says:

    Let’s see if the new government of Dombrovskis will be able to carry out such measures to ensure the any improvements in the economy.

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