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Latvian Prime Minister Resigns

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FILE - Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma listens during a news conference in Riga, Latvia, Dec. 1, 2015. Straujuma on December 7, 2015 announced the resignation, local media reported.

FILE - Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma listens during a news conference in Riga, Latvia, Dec. 1, 2015. Straujuma on December 7, 2015 announced the resignation, local media reported.

Latvia's prime minister has handed in her resignation.

Laimdota Straujuma said Monday she is stepping down after only two years in office because "new ideas are needed." Her resignation follows in-fighting within her center-right ruling coalition. Further details about her resignation were not provided.

President Raimonds Vejonis said he would hold discussions with all political parties before choosing someone to promptly form a new government because of the "escalation of the security situation in Europe."

Latvia is a member of both NATO and the European Union.

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