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Latvia’s first woman PM wins confidence vote

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Laimdota Straujuma.— PHOTO: Reuters
Laimdota Straujuma.— PHOTO: Reuters

Latvia’s parliament on Wednesday gave the green light to a new centre-right coalition government led by its first ever woman Prime Minister.

Laimdota Straujuma (62), won the parliamentary vote after Valdis Dombrovskis stepped down over a supermarket roof collapse that killed dozens in the capital Riga in November.

The technocrat and former agriculture minister won by 64 votes to 27 with 2 abstentions, in the 100-seat parliament.

She heads a broad coalition commanding a solid 66-seats comprising four of the five parties represented, plus six independent MPs. — AFP


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