Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis easily survived a vote of no confidence Oct. 23 in Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, but his government’s troubles may not be over.
The vote was called for by the opposition party New Era (Jaunais laiks). The governing coalition led by Kalvītis in the most cynical manner has turned against heads of law enforcement agencies, the party said in a press release, referring—among other issues—to the recent dismissal of the director of the state-run Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (Korupcijas novēršanas un apkarošanas birojs, or KNAB).
“By continuing to exist, the Kalvītis government constantly deepens not only the national crisis in the rule of law, but also in the economy,” the party said. “The nation needs a coalition that can restore the people’s trust and solve the gigantic problems.”
Fifty-six members of parliament voted against the resolution, 38 voted for it and one abstained.
The anti-corruption organization Delna was scheduled to begin the first of a series of pickets Oct. 24 outside the Saeima building. Delna has announced it will picket on mornings when the parliament is meeting until the government reverses its decision to fire KNAB head Aleksejs Loskutovs.
The Cabinet of Ministers dismissed Loskutovs over what it said were accounting irregularities in his office. Critics of the government decision say the dismissal is an attempt to deflect the bureau’s attention away from pursuing corrupt politicians.
Artis Pabriks on Oct. 19 quit his post as foreign minister in protest of the firing.
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