Government invites Social Dems to table

  • 1999-01-28
  • Steven C. Johnson & Anastasia Styopina
RIGA - A week after rebuffing the Social Democrats' attempt to protect the local agriculture market, Latvia's minority government has invited the party to take control of the Agriculture Ministry.However, the portfolio comes with a cost - notably, support for the 1999 budget, specifically an increase in defense spending.Juris Bojars, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, said there's no question about the timing of the decision."They cannot do without our vote," he said. "Without it, the government will fall."But whether the Social Democrats will line up neatly behind the government in ...
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