Laimdota Straujuma

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Laimdota Straujuma
Laimdota Straujuma 2014.jpg
Prime Minister of Latvia
Assumed office
22 January 2014
President Andris Bērziņš
Raimonds Vējonis (Elect)
Preceded by Valdis Dombrovskis
Minister of Agriculture
In office
25 October 2011 – 22 January 2014
Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis
Preceded by Jānis Dūklavs
Succeeded by Jānis Dūklavs
Personal details
Born (1951-02-24) 24 February 1951 (age 64)
Mežvidi parish, Latvian SSR (Now Kārsava Municipality, Latvia)
Political party People's Party (1998–2011)
Unity (2011–present)
Alma mater University of Latvia
Latvian Academy of Sciences

Laimdota Straujuma (born 24 February 1951) is a Latvian economist who has been Prime Minister of Latvia since 2014. Before her nomination as Prime Minister, she served as Minister of Agriculture from 2011 to 2014. She is the first woman to serve as the head of government of the country.[1]

Between October 2000 and 2006 Straujuma served as the Secretary of State of the Ministry for Agriculture. Between 2007 and 2010 she was the Secretary of State of the Ministry for Regional Development and Local Government. She was appointed as Minister of Agriculture on 25 October 2011.[2]

On January 5, 2014, the Unity Party nominated Straujuma as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister following the resignation of Valdis Dombrovskis.[3] The nomination was supported by Unity's coalition partners, the Reform Party and the National Alliance as well as the opposition Union of Greens and Farmers.[4]

Following the 2014 Parliamentary Election, in which the Unity Party came in second, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš nominated Straujuma to lead the new government,[5] which was approved by Saeima on November 5, 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Latvia gets first female prime minister". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Saeima izsaka uzticību Dombrovska trešajai valdībai" (in Latvian). Delfi. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Premjera amatam virza Straujumu" (in Latvian). Delfi. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "New currency, new leader". The Economist. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  5. ^ "President nominates Straujuma to carry on". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jānis Dūklavs
Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Jānis Dūklavs
Preceded by
Valdis Dombrovskis
Prime Minister of Latvia