Two ministers quit Latvian government amid crisis

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RIGA, Oct 19 (Reuters) Two ministers, including the foreign minister, quit or were forced out of Latvia's government today after disagreeing with Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis' sacking of the head of the country's anti-corruption bureau.

Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks, who yesterday asked Kalvitis to reconsider the sacking of anti-corruption boss Aleksejs Loskutovs, told Reuters he had resigned today.

The Web site of leading daily Diena said Regional Affairs Minister Aigars Stokenbergs had been dismissed from the ruling People's Party, also losing his ministerial post. Stokenbergs had also dissented from the decision to sack Loskutovs.

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