Atis Slakteris

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Atis Slakteris
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Minister of Finance
In office
20 December 2007 – 12 March 2009
Prime MinisterIvars Godmanis
Preceded byOskars Spurdziņš
Succeeded byEinars Repše
Minister of Defence
In office
8 April 2006 – 20 December 2007
Prime MinisterAigars Kalvītis
Preceded byLinda Mūrniece
Succeeded byVinets Veldre
In office
9 March 2004 – 2 December 2004
Prime MinisterIndulis Emsis
Preceded byĢirts Valdis Kristovskis
Succeeded byEinars Repše
Minister of Agriculture
In office
5 May 2000 – 7 November 2002
Prime MinisterAndris Bērziņš
Preceded byAigars Kalvītis
Succeeded byMārtiņš Roze
Personal details
Born (1956-11-21) 21 November 1956 (age 62)
Code parish, Latvian SSR
(Now Bauska Municipality)
Political partyPeople's party
Alma materLatvian University of Agriculture

Atis Slakteris (born 21 November 1956, Code parish) is a former Minister of Defence of Latvia.


In late 2008, Slakteris gave an interview with Bloomberg about Latvia's economic crisis, during which he answered a question regarding the causes of Latvia having come to borrow money from the International Monetary Fund as "nothing special". The phrases "nasing spesal" (mocking Slakteris' poor English and accent during the interview) and "my answer will be, but I will not say" became popular memes in Latvia.[1][2]

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