Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia
Cabinet of Ministers is the Government and the highest executive body of the Country.
Cabinet of Ministers is formed by a person invited by the State President.
Cabinet of Ministers consists of the Prime Minister and the ministers invited by the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister may invite one Deputy Prime Minister as a member of the Cabinet of Ministers and one or more ministers for special assignments. The Cabinet of Ministers determines the duties of the Deputy Prime Minister and the ministers for special assignments. Prime Minister may appoint a state minister also.
In addition to his direct responsibilities the Prime Minister may permanently lead the work of one ministry.
Cabinet of Ministers starts exercising its duties after receiving a confidence vote by the Saeima.
Ministers and state ministers appointed by the Prime Minister at a later stage shall receive a special confidence vote by the Saeima.
If the Saeima gives a non-confidence vote to the Prime Minister, all the Cabinet must resign.
If a minister receives a non-confidence vote, he/she must resign and the Prime Minister should invite another person to take over the responsibilities.
The Saeima expresses its non-confidence to the Cabinet of Ministers by a vote or by not accepting annual state budget submitted by the Cabinet.
If the Prime Minister requests resignation of a minister or a state minister, the state minister has to resign even if he/she has not received a non-confidence vote by the Saeima.
If one or several ministers resign, the Prime Minister himself/herself may take over their responsibilities for a period of time or assign the responsibilities to other ministers and invite other persons to replace the resigned ministers informing the Cabinet of Ministers, the State President and the Saeima Chairperson about the changes. The invited persons begin to fulfil the duties of a minister only after receiving a confidence vote by the Saeima.
Public institutions are subject to the authority of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Cabinet of Ministers has legislative rights, rights to appoint a broad range of civil servants or approve their status.
Cabinet of Ministers discusses or decides all issues that fall under its authority in compliance with the Satversme (the Constitution) and other laws.
In the absence of Prime Minister or if the Prime Minister is prevented from fulfilling duties in other way, a member of the Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister exercises Prime Minister's duties.
In the absence of the Deputy Prime Minister or a minister or if the said officials are otherwise prevented from fulfilling duties, their duties are exercised by a member of the Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister.
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Related documents: Bank of Latvia, Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, Central Statistic Bureau of Latvia, Financial and Capital Market Commission, Latvian Investment and Development Agency, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Parlament of Latvia, President of Latvia, State Audit Office Republic of Latvia
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