The Parliament in Riga has confirmed the existing MEP Krisjanis Karins, as a Prime Minister. Three and a half months after the election, Latvia now has a new center-right government. 61 of the 100 members voted for it. Prior to Karin’s already two candidates had failed to forge a viable Alliance.
In the parliamentary elections last October, the pro-Russian party “harmony” as the strongest force – but it was not a coalition partner and therefore, in the case of the formation of the government outside. The previous center-right coalition had lost its majority in the election.
“From the mistakes of the past
” The formation of a government was tedious – yet they succeeded in Karin’s, the smallest faction, to form a broad five-a coalition of conservative parties and forces from the political center. The American-born Ex-Minister of economy is considered to be a quiet property, a politician and a good negotiator. Since 2009, he was a member of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he was regarded as the most influential members of the European Parliament from the Baltic States.
The new coalition has fragmented the Latvian Parliament on a majority of 66 of the 100 seats. The key portfolios he held with politicians with government experience: Finance Minister Janis Reirs, the defense Department takes over, Artis Pabriks. The foreign Ministry remains in the hands of the Edgars Rinkevics.
The 54-year-old Karins said he wanted to learn from the “mistakes of the past” and “the Opposition to listen better”. The new government announced that it plans to focus on the further Integration of Latvia into the EU and Nato, the competitiveness and the fight against money laundering and social inequality. Also, the demographic problems of the almost two million inhabitants of the state of Karin wants to tackle.