Preceded byMaris Gailis NameAndris Skele PartyPeople's Party ResignedMay 5, 2000
Vaira Vike-Freiberga Born16 January 1958 (age 57)
Ape, Latvia (1958-01-16) Political partyTautas partija (1998–2011) Alma materLatvia University of Agriculture EducationLatvia University of Agriculture SpouseKristiana Libane-Skele (m. 2004), Dzintra Skele (m. 1979–2003) Similar PeopleAigars Kalvitis, Aigars Stokenbergs, Atis Slakteris, Artis Pabriks, Kristiana Libane‑Skele
Andris skele back in politic
Andris Skele (born 16 January 1958 in Ape) is a Latvian politician and Business oligarch. He has served two terms as Prime Minister of Latvia from 21 December 1995 to 7 August 1997, and from 16 July 1999 to 5 May 2000.
Independent Prime Minister
In 1995, after the parliamentary elections of 6th Saeima political parties were incapable of creating a coalition government for a while, thus Skele was presented as an independent candidate for the position of the Prime Minister. The Skele cabinet was passed by Parliament on 21 September 1995 and worked until early 1997, when Skele resigned after he had lost support from the Parliament. Skele created a new cabinet that took office on 13 February 1997 and worked until 7 August 1997.
In 1998, before the parliamentary elections of 7th Saeima, Tautas partija with Skele as its chairman was founded. It described itself as a conservative party. It managed to win the elections, by winning 24 out of 100 seats in the parliament, yet other parties managed to form a coalition government without Tautas partija.
The cabinet, led by Vilis Kristopans, fell and on 16 July 1999 already the third Skele cabinet took office, working until 5 May 2000.
In 2002 Skele was elected as a member of the parliament. In 2003, however, he resigned. Skele announced retirement from politics, but remained, as he stated, "ordinary member" of the People's Party and was thought to have a considerable behind-the-scene influence in the party.
Return to politics
In October 2009, when Tautas partija found itself in a deep crisis, Skele returned to politics as the chairman of the party. On March 2010 Tautas partija resigned from government. In October 2010 Skele was elected as a member of the parliament from the party alliance Par Labu Latviju, whose member Tautas partija was. To avoid repaying a Ls1 million campaign donation, the party was disbanded by the decision of its Congress on July 9, 2011. Skele didn't take part in the 2011 parliamentary elections.
Alleged involvement in corruption scandals
Andris Skele has often been associated with various corruption scandals yet he himself has never been prosecuted, with his involvement in the cases officially limited as a witness.
Andris Skele is one of the wealthiest people in Latvia. The Baltic Times newspaper ranks him as the 15th wealthiest person in Baltic states, with a net worth of about 60 million euros.