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Latvia’s Government: New Currency, New Leader

Posted on the 14 January 2014 by Stizzard
Latvia’s government: New currency, new leader Straujuma: Riga’s Angela Merkel

LATVIA is used to having a woman in the top job. Vaira Vike-Freiberga served two terms as president in 1999-2007 and is widely seen as the best head of state since Latvia regained independence 23 years ago. Now it is set to get another female leader, this time as head of government. On January 6th Andris Berzins, the president, nominated Laimdota Straujuma as the next prime minister.Ms Straujuma, a mathematician and former agriculture minister, has impressed those who negotiated with her in European Union meetings by her persistent efforts to get a good deal for Latvia’s farmers. Although not a member of any party (she joined the conservative Unity Party, presumably as a polite gesture, only on January 5th), she has been in the running ever since discussions over a new prime minister began after the sudden resignation of Valdis Dombrovskis following a supermarket collapse in November. After Mr Berzins rejected other candidates it was the turn of Ms Straujuma, who is often compared to Germany’s Angela Merkel.“The government should continue the same macroeconomic policy which has been implemented so far…

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