Government survives no confidence vote

The government of Prime Minister Indulis Emsis has survived a vote of no confidence. Members of the Saeima, Latvia’s parliament, defeated a no-confidence resolution offered by the leftist Tautas saskaņas partija (National Harmony Party) in a 45-32 vote.

Emsis, whose minority coalition government took power in March, has seen his administration targeted by critics from both the left and the right. Especially vocal has been the conservative Jaunais laiks (New Era) party, led by the previous prime minister, Einars Repše.

Members of the National Harmony Party and of New Era supported the resolution, but members of parties that have a presence in the government voted against the resolution, according to Latvian media reports.

No one abstained in the Sept. 16 vote, although members of the conservative Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK (For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK) and the leftist Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā  (For Human Rights in United Latvia) did not cast ballots.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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