Ilze Viņķele

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Ilze Viņķele
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Minister for Health of Latvia
Assumed office
23 January 2019
Prime MinisterArturs Krišjānis Kariņš
Preceded byAnda Čakša
Minister for Welfare of Latvia
In office
25 October 2011 – 22 January 2014
Prime MinisterValdis Dombrovskis
Preceded byIlona Jurševska
Succeeded byUldis Augulis
Personal details
Born (1971-11-27) 27 November 1971 (age 48)
Rēzekne, Latvian SSR
Political partyMovement For!
Other political
Unity (2011–2017)
Civic Union (2008–2011)
TB/LNNK (Until 2008)
Spouse(s)Juris Viņķelis
Alma materRiga Stradiņš University
ProfessionJournalist, Social worker

Ilze Viņķele (born 27 November 1971 in Rēzekne) is a Latvian politician, former Minister for Welfare of Latvia, current Minister for Health of Latvia. Currently she is a member of the political party Movement For!.

Political activity[edit]

On November 7, 2006, Ilze Viņķele became the Secretary of Parliament of the Special Assignments Ministry for European Union Funds of Latvia. In 2010 she was elected as a member of the 10th Saeima, however, she became the Secretary of Parliament of the Ministry for Finance of Latvia. Viņķele was appointed Minister for Welfare of Latvia on October 25, 2011.[1] On September, 2012, 54 non-governmental organizations sent a joint letter demanding the resignation of Viņķele over two kindergarten booklets "The Day when Ruth was Richard" and "The Day when Karl was Caroline" whose publishing and distribution the ministry supported.[2][3]

On July 17, 2017, Viņķele and 4 other MPs (Ints Dālderis, Lolita Čigāne, Andrejs Judins and Aleksejs Loskutovs) left Unity, however she continued to work in the party's parliamentary faction.[4] On August 26, 2017, Viņķele became one of the founders for the political party Movement For! and was elected as its board member.[5] On August 29, 2017, Viņķele stepped down as a member of Saeima, being selected to study at the McCain Institute at the University of Arizona as one of the eight beneficiaries.[6]


  1. ^ "Saeima izsaka uzticību Dombrovska trešajai valdībai" (in Latvian). Delfi. 25 October 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Petrova, Alla (September 26, 2012). "54 NGOs demand Latvian Welfare Minister Vinkele's resignation". The Baltic Course. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Ģelzis, Ģederts (October 31, 2012). "Latvian children's book sparks controversy". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Five MPs leave Unity party". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. July 18, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "New Latvian political party off the ground". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "MP Ilze Viņķele to step down to study in US". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. August 29, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.

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