Latvian minister of justice steps down

Justice Gaidis Berzins (Nacionala Apvieniba VL-TB/LNNK (NA)) announced that he is stepping down from his office, reports news2biz Latvia.

The resignation came as a complete surprise, although Berzins had his disagreements with PM Valdis Dombrovskis before. The reason cited for resignation was the proposed compensation to the Latvian Jewish community for property lost during World War II. The Ministry of Justice had to prepare a list of properties eligible for the compensation. Berzins, a right-wing nationalist, saw the proposal as unjustly shifted towards one ethnic group and refused to do so.

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