Thursday, January 15, 2009

People Power

In Latvia public protests appear to work. In 2007 demonstrators forced Aigars Kalvītis to resign as prime minister (though the four-party coalition stayed in government, with Ivars Godmanis returning to power for a second time). After Tuesday's 10,000-strong rally-cum-riot, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers has given parliament two months to pass a law enabling voters to demand early elections by referendum. "The government and parliament have lost their links with their electors," he said.

Sound familiar?

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