Latvian PM eases past Saeima confidence vote

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on April 11 survived an opportunistic and optimistic vote of no confidence in his administration called by the man who flunked his own chance to become premier shortly before Kariņš took the job.

The no confidence motion was the brainchild of Aldis Gobzems, a former prime ministerial hopeful who now finds himself booted out of the KPV LV party with which he rose to a sort of prominence, yet which is now part of the five-party ruling coalition headed by Kariņš.

The ire of Gobzems' and opposition members from the Harmony and ZZS parties, as well as a handful of KPV LV deputies who remain loyal to their former head honcho was dispersed across a wide range of grievances but centered upon what they said was a broken promise to scrap an electricity surcharge by the end of March. Instead the government has said it continues to work on a plan to scrap the charge in the future while it works out the full financial implications of doing so.

After just over an hour of debate the no confidence motion was defeated by 58 votes to 33, with Kariņš' predecessor Māris Kučinskis among those expressing no confidence.  

Shortly afterwards, Kariņš tweeted his thanks and said "We'll continue to work".

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