Amid pressures to find the reason behind the disaster, Latvia's Prime Minister, after meeting the President said,"Considering the tragedy and all related circumstances... a new government is needed that has the clear support of parliament. Therefore I have submitted my resignation from the post of prime minister".
It was, however, not immediately clear whether the President will hold snap elections or try to form a government with the existing parliament. As per schedule, the next elections are to be held on October 2014. The President said that top officials are likely to meet on December 4 to discuss the disaster.
54 people died in the accident and 40 others were injured were injured when the roof of a Maxima supermarket crashed in the capital city of Riga. Considered among the worst of accidents in Europe in decades, there are speculations that sub-standard materials may have been used in construction or there might have been design flaws.