Latvia's parliament approves new government

Evika Silina, Prime Minister of Latvia

© APA | Evika Silina, Prime Minister of Latvia

# 15 September 2023 18:42 (UTC +04:00)

Latvia's parliament in a vote on Friday confirmed Evika Silina of the centre-right New Unity party as the Baltic country's next prime minister, following the resignation last month of Krisjanis Karins, APA reports citing The Gazette.

The government of Karins, who will now become foreign minister, was a leading critic of Russia and one of the top supporters for Ukraine in both the European Union and the NATO military alliance.

Silina, a former lawyer who served as welfare minister, is expected to follow a similar course.

"I think there will be no changes in Latvia's tough security policy, and there will be no changes in support for Ukraine," said Filips Rajevskis, a political scientist in Riga.

"The most significant policy shift could be the new government's intention to legislate on human rights, such as to try to allow marriages for same-sex couples," he added.