Government of Latvia

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The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia

The Government of Latvia is the central government of the Republic of Latvia. The Constitution of Latvia (Satversme) outlines the nation as a parliamentary republic represented by a unicameral parliament (Saeima) and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, which form the executive branch of the Government of Latvia.

Since early 2000s cabinet meetings in Latvia are open to the public. In June 2013 Latvian government became one of the first in Europe to offer live internet broadcasts of the cabinet meetings.

Current Cabinet of Ministers[edit]

The incumbent cabinet is the second Straujuma cabinet since 5 November 2014.

Position Name Party Dates
Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma Unity 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Defence Raimonds Vējonis Union of Greens and Farmers 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs Unity 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Economics Dana Reizniece-Ozola Union of Greens and Farmers 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Finance Jānis Reirs Unity 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis Unity 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seila Independent 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Culture Dace Melbārde National Alliance 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Welfare Uldis Augulis Union of Greens and Farmers 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards National Alliance 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Transport Anrijs Matīss Unity 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Justice Dzintars Rasnačs National Alliance 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Health Guntis Belēvičs Union of Greens and Farmers 5 November 2014 – present day
Minister for Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs Union of Greens and Farmers 5 November 2014 – present day

List of governments[edit]

Government Dates Prime Minister Coalition parties
1st Godmanis I 7 May 1990 – 3 August 1993 Ivars Godmanis LTF, LC
2nd Birkavs 3 August 1993 – 19 September 1994 Valdis Birkavs LC, LZS, LZP
3rd Gailis 19 September 1994 – 21 December 1995 Māris Gailis LC, TPA, LZS, LZP, TB
4th Šķēle I 21 December 1995 – 13 February 1997 Andris Šķēle DPS, TB, LC, LNNK, LZS, LZP, LVP
5th Šķēle II 13 February 1997 – 7 August 1997 Andris Šķēle DPS, TB, LC, LNNK, LZS, LZP, KDS
6th Krasts 7 August 1997 – 26 November 1998 Guntars Krasts TB/LNNK, LC, LZS, LZP, DPS, KTP
7th Krištopans 26 November 1998 – 16 July 1999 Vilis Krištopans LC, TB, JP, LSDSP
8th Šķēle III 16 July 1999 – 5 May 2000 Andris Šķēle TP, LC, TB/LNNK
9th Bērziņš 5 May 2000 – 7 November 2002 Andris Bērziņš LC, TP, TB/LNNK, JP
10th Repše 7 November 2002 – 9 March 2004 Einars Repše JL, ZZS, TB/LNNK, LPP
11th Emsis 9 March 2004 – 2 December 2004 Indulis Emsis ZZS, TP, LPP
12th Kalvītis I 2 December 2004 – 7 November 2006 Aigars Kalvītis TP, ZZS, LPP, JL
13th Kalvītis II 7 November 2006 – 20 December 2007 Aigars Kalvītis TP, ZZS, LPP/LC, TB/LNNK
14th Godmanis II 20 December 2007 – 12 March 2009 Ivars Godmanis LPP/LC, TP, ZZS, TB/LNNK
15th Dombrovskis I 12 March 2009 – 3 November 2010 Valdis Dombrovskis JL, TP, ZZS, TB/LNNK, PS
16th Dombrovskis II 3 November 2010 – 25 October 2011 Valdis Dombrovskis Unity, ZZS
17th Dombrovskis III 25 October 2011 – 22 January 2014 Valdis Dombrovskis Unity, RP, NA
18th Straujuma 22 January 2014 – 5 November 2014 Laimdota Straujuma Unity, RP, NA, ZZS
19th Straujuma II 5 November 2014 – present day Laimdota Straujuma Unity, NA, ZZS

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