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Laar champions choice of Godmanis as Latvian PM


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The former head of the Estonian government has stated his support for the nomination of Ivars Godmanis as Latvian prime minister.

Mart Laar, when he was in charge of running Estonia, had frequent dealings with Mr Godmanis, who has already been prime minister of Latvia once (1990-1993).

If Mr Godmanis needs any more references to help him resume control of his country, he need look no further than Mr Laar's blog which, the Baltic Times revealed, says: "I remember him from my time as a good partner and head of government who dared to make unpopular but necessary decisions at the expense of personal popularity."

The president of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, obviously agrees, having invited the former prime minister to form a coalition government from the country's five most popular right wing parties.

Mr Zatlers would prefer Mr Godmanis to give him a decision about the prestigious vacancy by Christmas.

His answer might depend on the support from his party, or rather whether his party survives long enough to take its place in a coalition; the Latvian corruption prevention bureau are demanding that it pays a fine relating to funding irregularities and could face liquidation.

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