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Prime minister of Latvia

Māris Kučinskis is a Latvian politician and the current Prime Minister of Latvia.

Mr. Kučinskis was born on the 28th of November, 1961, in the settlement of Ķirbiži in the Limbaži District the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. After ordinary school at Ķirbiži he moved to the town of Valmiera, where he studied at Secondary school №4 (1977-1980). After that he began to work as an economist at the Finance department of The Valmiera Board of People's Deputies. From 1981 he served in the Soviet army and then entered the Faculty of management and economic information of the Latvian State University. At the same time, from 1984, he began to work as the chief accountant at the Valmiera plant of fire prevention equipment.

In 1987 Mr. Kučinskis was invited to become the chief economist of the district housing and communal department of The Valmiera Board of People's Deputies. In 1991 he founded the private company "Apgāds Ltd", which specialized in the trade of construction materials. He worked there as Deputy director until 1994 and as Director from 1997-1998.

While on a break from political activity from November, 2011, Kučinskis was an adviser to the Deputy Executive Director of The Association of greater Latvian cities (Latvijas Lielo Pilsētu asociācijā, LLPA). This organization joins 9 Latvian cities of republican subordination. From September, 2013 until February 2016, M. Kučinskis was a leader of it.

On 13 January 2016 he was nominated to replace Laimdota Straujuma as the Prime Minister of Latvia, coming after her resignation the previous December. He was nominated by State President Raimonds Vējonis, and his cabinet was approved on 11 February.