US News: Latvia: The pro-Westernans win the legislative elections, a blow for the Russian-speaking parties

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formerly powerful, the historical formation of Russian-speaking, harmony, is now outside the Parliament

Le Premier ministre sortant, Krisjanis Karins, attendant les résultats des législatives en Lettonie le 1er octobre 2022. © Roman Koksarov/AP/SIPA The outgoing Prime Minister, Krisjanis Karins, awaiting the results of the legislative elections in Latvia on October 1, 2022. Elections - formerly powerful, the historic formation of Russian speakers, Harmonie, is now outside the Parliament

The blow is hard for parties close to the Russian minority in Latvia . The centrist party of outgoing Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won the legislative elections, according to the final results published on Sunday evening. At the same time, the historic training of Russian speakers, harmony, formerly powerful, is outside the parliament with 4.81%, as is the Russian Union of Latvia (Pro-Kremlin, 3.62%).

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New unit of Krisjanis Karins obtains 18.97% of the votes and becomes the first force in Parliament, with 26 deputies, according to the Central Electoral Commission. Only one party supported by the Russian -speaking minority , stability!, Crosses the 5% eligibility threshold with 6.80%, ensuring 11 deputies mandates.

A member country of EU and NATO

The results of the ballot which took place in the shade of the Russian invasion in Ukraine reinforce the chances of the outgoing Prime Minister to be charged by the President Levits Egils to form the next coalition government, in this Baltic country of 1.8 million inhabitants, member of the EU and NATO . "I think that the war in Ukraine has played a lot in favor of Mr. Karins and a new unit, because they are very strong in the field of foreign affairs, which is very important for Latvia from the point of view of national security "Said political scientist Filips Rajevskis.

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In total, seven training courses will be present in the Monocameral Parliament which has a hundred seats. Two of them united list (green and regional parties, centrists, 11.01%, 15 deputies), and the national alliance (center right, 9.29%, 13 deputies) seem well placed to join new unit within From a coalition which would thus benefit from a majority of 54 deputies.

The Union of Greens and Peasants on the

sidelines The Union of Greens and Peasants (centrist and social democrat), which comes second with 12.44% and 16 deputies, is not seen by Krisjanis Karins as a potential ally. "New unit will not go into a coalition with parties looking for their political orientations in Russia and we will not collaborate with the Union of Greens and Peasants either. Other options are open, "said Prime Minister on public television LTV1.

A possible participation of the Greens and peasants in its coalition would be possible, he estimated, if this party broke with its ally, the oligarch and mayor of the port of Ventspils, Aivars Lembergs, to whom he criticizes for opposed cooperation with NATO and of being accused of serious crimes.

Two other parties, the progressives (social-democratic left) and Latvia first (populist) will have one ten, the other nine deputies. President Levits also invited the representatives of the parties who entered Parliament at a meeting on Monday, October 3. Then, explained Krisjanis Karins, talks in order to build a coalition will first relate to a common program, then to the distribution of ministerial portfolios.

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