Coalition on brink after EU poll

  • 2003-09-25
  • Aaron Eglitis
RIGA - Despite the overwhelming victory at the historic referendum, tensions among coalition parties finally exploded into the open late into the night of Sept. 20 – 21 in the presence of dozens of foreign journalists.Eriks Jekabsons, leader of Latvia's First Party, told reporters shortly after the initial EU results had been announced that Latvia was "on the brink of dictatorship."Specifically, Jekabsons said that, with the inevitable breakup of the four-party coalition, Latvia was certain to suffer if the "authoritarian" prime minister, Einars Repse, remained at the helm.Jekabsons' outbur...
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