In the Baltic state of Latvia where the 13th Saeima elections took place, a new parliament has been shaped and a clear winner revealed. Pro-Russian centre-left wing Harmony Party polled 19.2% of the vote. Not so narrowly followed by five other political parties on 10-14%.
The electorate in Latvia had 1,400 political candidates and 16 parties to choose from for the 100 seat parliament.
Pro-EU For Development Party took 12% of the vote, and two populist political parties the New Conservatives and KPV LV garnered 27% between both of them.
Due to Harmony’s pro-Russian agenda, in past elections parties have fought to stop them from entering government.
In regards to the Latvian population of around 2.2 million there are believed to be 25% ethnic-Russians, Latvia has had a long history of living under the iron-fist of the Soviet Union for 50 years which stopped in 1991. Latvia is a currently a committed member of NATO.
If the Harmony Party makes a coalition with populist political parties they could well form a government.
Is this a return to the days of civil war and Soviet oppression in Eastern Europe? Or simply the large ethnic-Russia community trying to make their voices heard? Only time will tell.
The coalition negotiations could end up taking around a month.
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