Latvia's new government: reason for hope?

  • 2009-03-12
  • By Karlis Streips
If all goes according to plan, Latvia will soon have a new government to replace the remarkably venal one that was led first by Latvia's self-proclaimed "guarantor of stability," Aigars Kalvitis, and then by the country's chief technocrat, Ivars Godmanis. Should the people of Latvia be optimistic about this fact beyond a simple sigh of relief? Well, maybe yes, maybe no.One positive aspect of this new government is that it is being led by New Era (JL) 's a party which has languished in opposition ever since the 2006 election and was detested by the governing clique to the point where a s...
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