|Godmanis (left) greets Ambassador Chuck Larson of the United States, January 2009|
|Prime Minister of Latvia|
20 December 2007 – 12 March 2009
|Preceded by||Aigars Kalvītis|
|Succeeded by||Valdis Dombrovskis|
7 May 1990* – 3 August 1993
|President||Anatolijs Gorbunovs (Acting)
|Preceded by||Vilnis-Edvīns Bresis|
|Succeeded by||Valdis Birkavs|
27 November 1951 |
|Political party||Popular Front of Latvia (1988–1993)
Latvian Way (1997–2007)
Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way (2007–2011)
|Alma mater||University of Latvia|
|* As the Chairman of the Council of Ministers|
Ivars Godmanis (born 27 November 1951) is a Latvian politician who was Prime Minister of Latvia from 1990 to 1993 and again from 2007 to 2009. He was the first Prime Minister of Latvia after the country restored its independence from the Soviet Union.
Godmanis served as Prime Minister from 1990 to 1993, focusing primarily on Latvia's difficult economic transition from a communist to a capitalist economy. In 1995 Godmanis was awarded with the Order of the Three Stars. He later served as the Finance Minister from 1998 to 1999. He was originally associated with the Latvian Popular Front, but after the Front ceased to exist he moved to the Latvian Way party. In November 2006, following elections in which the Latvian Way in coalition with Latvia's First Party returned to Parliament, Godmanis became the Minister of the Interior.
On 18 June 2008 he suffered head injuries in a car accident when his official limousine was involved in a collision with a small bus.
Economic problems and corruption charges caused the popularity of Godmanis's government to plummet. In January 2009, anti-government protests turned into the worst riots the country has seen since re-gaining independence in 1991. On 20 February 2009, Godmanis resigned as Prime Minister along with the rest of his government over concerns about handling the economic crisis. On 26 February 2009, President Valdis Zatlers appointed former finance minister Valdis Dombrovskis as the new prime minister; he was sworn in on 12 March 2009.
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|Prime Minister of Latvia
1990 – 1993
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2007 – 2009