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

Current Cabinet of Ministers[edit]

The incumbent cabinet is the Kučinskis cabinet since 11 February 2016. On 7 December 2015 Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma resigned, which forced negotiations for a new government. The Second Straujuma cabinet served as a caretaker government until the new cabinet was sworn in.[1]

Position Name Party Dates
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis Union of Greens and Farmers 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Economics, Vice Prime Minister Arvils Ašeradens Unity 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola Union of Greens and Farmers 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs Unity 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Defence Raimonds Bergmanis Union of Greens and Farmers 11 February 2016 –
Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis Unity 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis Unity 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Culture Dace Melbārde National Alliance 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Welfare Jānis Reirs Unity 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards National Alliance 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Transport Uldis Augulis Union of Greens and Farmers 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Justice Dzintars Rasnačs National Alliance 11 February 2016 –
Minister for Health Anda Čakša[2] Independent 16 June 2016 –
Minister for Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs Union of Greens and Farmers 11 February 2016 –

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 I 22 January 2014 – 5 November 2014 Laimdota Straujuma Unity, RP, NA, ZZS
19th Straujuma II 5 November 2014 – 11 February 2016 Laimdota Straujuma Unity, NA, ZZS
20th Kučinskis 11 February 2016 – present day Māris Kučinskis Unity, NA, ZZS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin-Hemphill, Richard (2015-12-07). "Latvia Government Falls as Prime Minister Quits". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Anda Caksa approved as Latvia's Healthcare Minister". Baltic News Network. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.