The resignation of the Latvian government and the prime minister, Krisjanis Karins, is expected later this week. At a press conference on Monday, Karins stated, “I will offer the resignation of myself and my cabinet to the president this Thursday.
Karins reportedly suggested a cabinet shuffle last week, according to a report by the regional news agency BNS. The coalition partners of his government, however, opposed the action.
Karins said that the Latvian Green Party and the nationalist organization All for Latvia “are blocking work for welfare and economic growth” in a post on the social networking site X (formerly known as Twitter).
Šobrīd @Apvienotais_ un @VL_TBLNNK bloķē darbu labklājības celšanai un ekonomikas izaugsmei. Šodien informēju @Jauna_Vienotiba Saeimas frakciju un valdi, ka ceturtdien Valsts prezidentam iesniegšu demisijas rakstu. Esmu aicinājis #JV izvirzīt jaunu Ministru prezidenta kandidātu. pic.twitter.com/R0tdZlHRxN
— Krišjānis Kariņš (@krisjaniskarins) August 14, 2023
Karins told reporters after announcing his intention to step down, “For any country, there are difficulties when someone tries to hold on to their office,” according to a Bloomberg article. That was never my intention. Since 2019, Karins has been the prime minister.
Karins’ center-right New Unity party signed a deal with two other Latvian parties, National Alliance and the new centrist electoral alliance United List, to jointly rule the Baltic country after winning general elections last October, a vote that was influenced by neighboring Russia’s war in Ukraine and economic difficulties.
The three sides agreed to prioritize quality of life, energy, competitiveness, security, and education.
Karins stated that his New Unity party intends to announce its choice for prime minister on Wednesday.
A new prospective prime minister will be given permission by Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics to try to form a cabinet. Before taking power, any new coalition would also need to pass a vote in parliament. The following legislative elections in Latvia are slated for 2026.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA