February 20, 2009

Latvian government collapses

Per the International Herald Tribune, Latvia Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis has resigned and the Eastern European nation's government has collapsed, as a result of "growing economic and political turmoil."

One man currently in Latvia tweeted via iPhone that he learned the news through Twitter.

@toddprouty (Glazuskunis, Latvia): Just found out through Twitter that the government of Latvia, the country I'm currently living in, collapsed today. http://snurl.com/cb2lh

Another twitterer in Latvia predicted what the new government may look like.

@pecisk (Ogre, Latvia): Tauta nomierinās, Zalāns nebūs. Visticamāk būs bezpartejisks. (The people are calm, Zalans [political party] not. Likely to be free party.)

Others were quick to tweet their thoughts.

@jujupiter (London, U.K.): Iceland, Latvia... Which government will fall next?

@EnriqueLopez (New York City): Latvia's government has fallen! What a terrible precedent.

One American twitterer suggested it was a sign of things to come.

@TreyNantz (Charleston/Lincolnton, W.V.): First Iceland. Now Latvia. Next, Ireland & Ukraine. Soon, USA & EU? http://tinyurl.com/cvc2d6 #stimulus #tcot

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