a web camera has been installed in the office of the finance minister of Latvia

The finance minister of Latvia Gundars Berzins has installed a web camera in his office so his meetings can be monitored live on the Internet. The move comes in response to public concern in Latvia about its country's image, including allegations of high-level corruption. A spokesman for the People's Party of the governing coalition said the move was intended to raise the prestige of the government, which, he admitted, at present was not very good, BBC reports.