President intervenes in budget imbroglio

  • 2003-08-21
  • Aaron Eglitis
RIGA - Controversial budget cuts being demanded by Prime Minister Einars Repse continue to foment turmoil in the ruling government, with some Cabinet members threatening to revolt. To maintain a sense of political civility just weeks before the EU referendum, President Vaira Vike-Freiberga felt it necessary to intervene to keep the government on track.Deputy Prime Minister Ainars Slesers, a member of Latvia's First Party, has said that without changes the current budget would not be agreed upon.For his part, the prime minister ratcheted up the pressure by threatening to resign if his budge...
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