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