Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has announced his resignation, Delfi reports.
“For development, the state needs a strong and dynamic government that can make difficult decisions,” Karins said at a press conference. He specified that he would submit his government’s resignation on Thursday, August 17, and called on New Unity to nominate a candidate for prime minister.
The decision on the new head of government will be made by the ruling party on Wednesday, August 16. Unofficially, Evika Silina, who now holds the post of Minister of Welfare, is called the successor.
The current cabinet of ministers, headed by Karins, will continue to work until a new government is formed and approved.
Karins became Prime Minister of Latvia in January 2019. He advocates the assimilation of representatives of other nations in the country: in particular, under him in Latvia, the translation of schools of national minorities into the Latvian language began. In April 2021, the opposition demanded his resignation, accusing him of being unable to cope with the “crisis that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic”, but the parliament did not support this demand. Karins is also a member of the European Parliament.