RIGA, March 12 Latvia's new prime minister won a
parliamentary vote on Thursday confirming him in office but
immediately faced the task of more budget cuts and talks to win
leeway with the International Monetary Fund and the European
Valdis Dombrovskis, 37, a former finance minister and member
of the main centre-right opposition party New Era, has formed a
six-party coalition, including the four parties in the
government that collapsed last month because of the economic
He won a confidence vote, the final hurdle before taking
office, by 67 votes to 21 in the 100-seat house.
Dombrovskis hopes for leeway from the IMF and the EU for
smaller spending cuts than agreed when Latvia received a 7.5
billion-euro ($9.57-billion) rescue package last year.
(Reporting by Patrick Lannin; editing by Andrew Dobbie)