Andris Šķēle

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Andris Šķēle
Andris Šķēle, 10. Saeimas portrets.jpg
Prime Minister of Latvia
In office
21 December 1995 – 6 August 1997
President Guntis Ulmanis
Preceded by Māris Gailis
Succeeded by Guntars Krasts
Prime Minister of Latvia
In office
16 July 1999 – 5 May 2000
President Guntis Ulmanis
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
Preceded by Vilis Krištopans
Succeeded by Andris Bērziņš
Personal details
Born (1958-01-16) 16 January 1958 (age 58)
Ape, Latvia
Political party People's Party (1998–2011)
Alma mater Latvia University of Agriculture

Andris Šķēle (born 16 January 1958 in Ape)[1] is a Latvian politician and business oligarch. He has served two terms as Prime Minister of Latvia from 21 December 1995 to 7 August 1997, and from 16 July 1999 to 5 May 2000.[2]

Political career[edit]

Independent Prime Minister[edit]

In 1995, after the parliamentary elections of 6th Saeima political parties were incapable of creating a coalition government for a while, thus Šķēle was presented as an independent candidate for the position of the Prime Minister. The Šķēle cabinet was passed by Parliament on 21 September 1995 and worked until early 1997, when Šķēle resigned after he had lost support from the Parliament. Šķēle created a new cabinet that took office on 13 February 1997 and worked until 7 August 1997.

People's Party[edit]

In 1998, before the parliamentary elections of 7th Saeima, Tautas partija with Šķēle as its chairman was founded. It described itself as a conservative party. It managed to win the elections, by winning 24 out of 100 seats in the parliament, yet other parties managed to form a coalition government without Tautas partija.

The cabinet, led by Vilis Krištopans, fell and on 16 July 1999 already the third Šķēle cabinet took office, working until 5 May 2000.

In 2002 Šķēle was elected as a member of the parliament. In 2003, however, he resigned. Šķēle announced retirement from politics, but remained, as he stated, "ordinary member" of the People's Party and was thought to have a considerable behind-the-scene influence in the party.

Return to politics[edit]

In October 2009, when Tautas partija found itself in a deep crisis, Šķēle returned to politics as the chairman of the party. On March 2010 Tautas partija resigned from government. In October 2010 Šķēle was elected as a member of the parliament from the party alliance Par Labu Latviju, whose member Tautas partija was. To avoid repaying a Ls1 million campaign donation, the party was disbanded by the decision of its Congress on July 9, 2011.[3] Šķēle didn't take part in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Alleged involvement in corruption scandals[edit]

Andris Šķēle has often been associated with various corruption scandals yet he himself has never been prosecuted, with his involvement in the cases officially limited as a witness.

Private life[edit]

Andris Šķēle is one of the wealthiest people in Latvia. The Baltic Times newspaper ranks him as the 15th wealthiest person in Baltic states, with a net worth of about 60 million euros.[citation needed]

Political offices
Preceded by
Māris Gailis
Prime Minister of Latvia
21 December 1995 – 6 August 1997
Succeeded by
Guntars Krasts
Preceded by
Vilis Krištopans
Prime Minister of Latvia
16 July 1999 – 5 May 2000
Succeeded by
Andris Bērziņš


  1. ^ "Par TP priekšsēdētāju ievēl Andri Šķēli" (in Latvian). 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia: History of the Cabinet of Ministers". The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Nolemj likvidēt Tautas partiju (Latvian)