13th Prime


featured 22 January 2014 the president of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma was the 13th in a row the head of the Latvian government after disconnecting the country from the Soviet Union.Interchangeable Straujuma departed into voluntary retirement after the collapse of a shopping center in Riga, and the death of 54 people in it Valdis Dombrovskis.By the way, when Dombrovskis she too was part of the government, which is headed by the Ministry of Agriculture.Among its predecessors in the po
st of Prime Minister was also present President Andris Berzins.


Incidentally, all the former leaders of the Latvian government, including those who lived and worked in Riga before World War II, there were only men.Let one of them and was called Anna.But there was a place among the presidents and women: from 1999 to 2007 headed the Baltic state Vaira Vike-Freiberga, returned from years of exile in the United States.It Vike-Freiberga in the political career of the new Latvian prime minister and started.In November 1999 Straujuma Nationally known economist specializing in agriculture, began working Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture.Just one year Laimdota became secretary of state, and in 2011 headed the ministry itself.


Cross recognition


Straujuma 63-year-old, despite his high rank state, completely non-public persona.The most that is known about the personal life of the First Lady of the government, it's marital status - "divorced" and the presence of two adult sons, with the policies or agriculture unrelated.The country is sometimes even jokingly referred to as "modest grandmother", and very respected.The latter is evidenced, for example, the fact that the outcome of the June 2014 poll, 55.5% of Latvians positively assessed the activities of the prime minister.A negative - only 30.1%.


impressive, and the presence of Doctor of Economics (thesis called "Evaluation of the use of productive resources in the enterprises of Latvia"), a large number of professional awards and titles.Working in the 90th director of the Latvian Agricultural Consulting and Educational Support Center, Straujuma was elected an honorary member of the British Institute of Agriculture.And in the 21st century it has received a letter of thanks from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture medal "For Dedication" and the public recognition of the Cross.


«Thatcher" from Riga


Contrary to popular belief, women, at different times of the former heads of government, the world is still a lot.The most famous VIPs are Indira Gandhi (India), Golda Meir (Israel), Margaret Thatcher (UK), Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan), Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka), Angela Merkel (Germany), Julia Gillard (Australia)Tansu Çiller (Turkey) and others.In Eastern Europe and especially the former Soviet Union, then serious attention to women as outstanding politicians, there began to pay only after the final disappearance of the socialist system and the collapse of many Union countries.Women Prime Ministers were, in particular, in Poland - Hanna Suchocka, Slovakia - Iveta Radishova, Slovenia - Alenka Bratušek and Macedonia - Radmila Sekerinska.


Supported former neighbors in the socialist bloc, and in some republics of the former USSR.So, the first Lithuanian government led by Kazimiera Prunskiene, of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers Yulia Tymoshenko led twice, and Zinaida Greceanii and Roza Otunbayeva, is the Prime Minister, respectively, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.The latter has combined his post to the presidential.Fifth in this prestigious list included political rizhanka Laimdota Straujuma, of strong character, conservatism and commitment to hard-liners in the government and the government received an honorary nickname of "Latvian Thatcher."


Among the most "high-profile" claims the new prime minister appear, in particular, the appeal does not celebrate May 9 as the Day of Victory and the refusal to join the sanctions against Russia, whose organizations and artists for many years carried out in Jurmala music-language festival "New Wave".Welcomed to the Prime Minister, not all residents of the country.By the way, the Russians themselves, like their predecessors of the Soviet Union, prefer to see a man at the head of the government.Occasionally trusting ladies 'portfolios' deputies.In the last years of the Soviet Union to such a position he worked Alexandra Biryukova, and in modern Russia as vice-premiers several years worked Galina Karelov and Valentina Matvienko.