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Latvian Prime Minister resigned over supermarket collapse

Nov 28, 2013 11:39 IST

Valdis DombrovskisThe Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis announced his resignation and thereby the fall of the Government on 27 November 2013. He resigned due to the deadly collapse of Maxima supermarket of Riga on 21 November 2013. His announcement came during the meeting with Andris Berzins, the President of Latvia. Dombrovskis is the longest serving prime minister in Latvia's history.

About 54 people died in the collapse of the supermarket. This collapse is the biggest loss of life in the country since its independence from the USSR in 1991.

The police had opened a criminal investigation into the cause of the disaster. The possible explanations to the collapse include a flawed design, substandard construction materials, and corruption.

Further it depends on the President, Andris Berzins to accept or reject the resignation and nominate an acting Prime Minister, who will be responsible to form a new cabinet.

About Valdis Dombrovskis

• He came to power in 2009
• He was reappointed twice as prime minister since then and is widely credited to prevent the small Baltic nation from going bankrupt
• He has served as the Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004
• He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the New Era Party, since 2002
• He was Observer at the Council of the European Union from 2003–2004

• V.Dombrovskis, A.Aslund "How Latvia Came Through the Financial Crisis", Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC, May 2011
• He has been the Author of many publications on economics and politics in various periodicals, journals and electronic media

• July 2012 - The Vašek and Anna Maria Polák visiting lecturer’s award for contribution to region’s democracy and economic reforms
• December 2011 – international award from Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation (Friedrich August von Hayek Stiftung) for essential contribution to restoring financial and economic stability in Latvia


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