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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Infighting Weakens Latvian Coalition




RIGA, Latvia -- Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said Monday cracks were showing in the three-party coalition government and told its members to stop squabbling.


"There are cracks and currents, which lead separate Cabinet ministers or coalition parties into conflicts on several issues," Vike-Freiberga said on Radio Latvia.


The Cabinet must tighten its ranks and "not leave an impression that coalition members are too busy squabbling between themselves to do their job," she said.


The centrist majority coalition of Prime Minister Andris Skele has feuded constantly with the junior party, Fatherland and Freedom, over a controversial language law since taking office last July.


The parties are also bickering over a long-awaited plan to sell off shares in electricity utility Latvenergo and arguing over whether Privatization Agency chief Janis Naglis should remain at his post.