The illusion of government never worked for Vilis Kristopans. During his weird nine months in office, the illusion worked only slightly worse than it had for Guntars Krasts before him, and far worse than it had for Andris Skele before Krasts. If Latvia's next prime minister appears frailer and more failing than Kristopans, we will have a definite trend. Since the banking crisis of 1995, no Latvian prime minister has been able to grasp and maintain the public's confidence. A prime minister in Latvia, because of the peculiar and sometimes secretive way he must interact with coalition partners...
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