The Latvian Game Changer: Uncertain but Possible

Issue & Policy Briefs June 20, 2011, No. 71

The decision of the President Valdis Zatlers, on May 28, to initiate the dissolution of the parliament sent shockwaves throughout the Latvian public space. The trigger event was the parliament’s failure to lift the immunity of the MP Ainārs Šlesers in the proposed searching of his place of residence. This Policy Brief gives the background.