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Pro-Russian party wins parliamentary elections in Latvia

Seven political forces have overcome the 5 percent barrier for entering the Sejm
19:03, 7 October 2018

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Pro-Russian "Harmony" party won the parliamentary elections in Latvia. Social Democrats managed to get almost 20% of the vote on the results of counting at 1057 out of 1078 polling stations, reports LSM.lv.

Seven political forces have overcome the 5 percent barrier for entering the Sejm.

"Harmony," which is headed by the mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov, completed the elections with a score of 19.9%. In Riga, 30.6% of those who visited the polling stations voted for the party.

The second place was taken by the party KPV, which gained 14.1%.

Besides them, the New Conservative Party (13.6%), the party "Development/For" (12%), "National Alliance" (11%), "Union of Greens and Farmers," which is headed by the current Prime Minister Maris Kuchinkis, gained 10%. Also, the right-wing party "New Unity" passed into the parliament with the result of 6.6%.

The turnout in the elections fell by 4% compared with the last elections and amounted to 54%.

October 6, 2018, the 13th parliamentary elections took place in the country, which is celebrating its centenary

Latvia’s ethnic Russian minority makes up about a quarter of the country’s 1.9 million population, so "Harmony" party is popular with this electoral cluster. The party has formerly allied with Putin's "United Russia" party.

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