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As a prime minister he was a member of the Latvian Way political party. He then left politics and, in 2002, returned as a member of parliament from the Union of Greens and Farmers. Prior to serving as a prime minister, he had also been the minister of transport.
- How democratic is Latvia: audit of democracy. Latvia: Stratēg̓iskās analīzes komisija, Latvijas universitāte. Sociālo un politisko pētījumu institūts. 2005. p. 87.
- Sikk, Allan (22–23 January 2004), Successful new parties in the Baltic states: similar or different? (PDF), Paper prepared for the conference ‘The Baltic States: New Europe or Old?’, University of Glasgow, p. 7,
Likewise, the New Era received backing from Latvian ex-president Guntis Ulmanis (himself being a member in the Farmers’ Party) and former prime minister Vilis Krištopans of Latvia’s Way party, who had become disappointed of his own party (who however joined the Green and Farmer’s coalition later).
|Prime Minister of Latvia
November 26, 1998 – July 16, 1999
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