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Latvian lawmakers approve new government

Latvian lawmakers approve new government

Latvia's Parliament has confirmed the new government of Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.
Sixty-three lawmakers voted in support, while 35 were against and two were absent in the 100-member legislature.
The Wednesday confirmation came one month after the centrist alliance that Dombrovskis leads won the national election in what was widely perceived as a mandate to continue painful reforms in the recession-hit country.
Dombrovskis told lawmakers that Latvia's economy has turned the corner but that current growth is fragile and could easily evaporate if tough decisions aren't passed.
Over the next months Latvia's new government must approve measures to reduce next year's deficit to meet requirements of a (EURO)7.5 billion international bailout loan agreed on two years ago.