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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvia Deal Delayed

RIGA, Latvia -- Negotiations among leading Latvian political parties to create a new government hit an impasse Tuesday, blocked by debate over a crucial parliamentary vote on a controversial language law.

A day after Prime Minister Vilis Krishtopans tendered his resignation, effectively dissolving his three-party minority government, parliament's five main parties met to try to hammer out an agreement to form a new Cabinet.

But former Prime Minister Andris Shkele, whose People's Party is the largest in the lower house and is expected to form the core of the government, said it was more important to focus on the language law, which has raised eyebrows in the European Union by trying to regulate the use of Latvian in private business.