Pro-Europeans winners in Latvian election in Putin snub

Pro-Europeans winners in Latvian election in Putin snub

The pro-EU, pro-Nato liberal For Development/For! party came fourth in the vote with 12 per cent, beating parties from the current centre-right governing coalition including the right-wing National Alliance, which earned 11 percent.

Party and the New Conservative Party secured support of 14.06% and 13.60%, respectively.

By 7:30 a.m. votes had been counted in 1,057 out of 1,078 polling stations in Latvia.

The country is one of NATO's most disciplined spenders on defense, meeting the two-percent-of-GDP goal wished by the Alliance.

Other parties did better than previous polls had suggested.

The party has won the largest number of votes in the last three elections, and did not enter government only because it failed to attract coalition partners.

According to the latest polls the ruling coalition of the Union of Greens and Farmers, the National Alliance and the Unity party looks to be well short of forming a majority government.

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Harmony is popular with Latvia's ethnic Russian minority which makes up about a quarter of the country's 1.9-million population.

After casting his ballot, President Raimonds Vejonis called on fellow Latvians to come to the polls, pointing to the Brexit vote as an example of what might happen if they didn't.

Latvia is an European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state with a 167-mile border with Russian Federation and is a key ally in the increasingly hostile relationship between the West and President Vladimir Putin. They included Evalds, 75-year-old voter in Riga who would not give his last name - not an unusual demand from someone who spent years under Soviet occupation.

We expect change and need more patience of the government with 16 competing parties. Relations between Russian Federation and Latvia have been frayed by Russia's annexation of the Crimea Peninsula in 2014 from Ukraine and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

KPV leader, Artuss Kaimins, whose popularity has soared as he railed against corrupt politicians, has sent mixed messages on whether he would rule out a deal with Harmony, set to be the biggest party due to its support base among the Russian-speaking minority.

The Baltic nation has viewed Russian Federation as a security threat. But police said earlier they have found no direct or systematic attempts by foreign nations to influence Saturday's election.

"Given that the new Saeima is split, the creation of an efficient coalition without Harmony's votes and our voters is impossible in general", Usakovs said. "But I have lived in Riga my whole life and so have five generations of my ancestors", she told the AP.

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