Latvia’s Prime Minister resigned on Wednesday, in the wake of a supermarket roof cave-in that killed 54 people, just weeks before the country enters the eurozone. The November 21 store collapse was Latvia’s worst-ever peacetime disaster and has left the Baltic state of two million people reeling.

“Considering the tragedy and all related circumstances... a new government is needed that has the clear support of Parliament,” Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters as he fought back tears.

“Therefore I have submitted my resignation from the post of Prime Minister,” he said after a meeting with President Andris Berzins. — AFP