Sport Government party wins election in Latvia

01:40  03 october  2022
01:40  03 october  2022 Source:   dw.com

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In the parliamentary election in Latvia, the Liberal Conservative Party New Unity of Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has become clearest. However, government formation should be difficult.

Freude über den Wahlausgang bei Krisjanis Karins und Anhängern © Janis Laizans/Reuters Joy about the outcome of the election at Krisjanis Karins and supporters

After counting more than 90 percent of the vote, the new unit (Jauna Vienotiba) is almost 19 percent of the votes, as can be seen from data from the election commission in Riga . The second strongest force will therefore be the opposition alliance of farmers and the Greens (almost 13 percent) - which the Greens have now left. This is followed by the newly formed election alliance United List (about eleven percent) - with the participation of the Greens.

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coalition partners punished

from Karins' previous three coalition partners, according to the information, only made the leap into parliament: the national conservative national alliance (around nine percent). While the conservative Pro-Western party Conservative Conservative, which has been protected so far, clearly failed due to the five percent hurdle, the liberal party for the development/for it is! Very close to it.

With the counting of the other votes in the Baltic state, the balance of power could still shift. The social democratic opposition party harmony is particularly useful. The strongest political force in Latvia so far is currently only 4.8 percent, just below the five percent hurdle for a move into parliament. The party, whose nuclear voters come mainly from the strong Russian -born minority and won the most votes in the last elections, is the big loser of the vote. In 2018 she received almost 20 percent of the vote. In total,

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, according to the statement of the counting, made eight parties entering the Saeima People's Representation. In addition to the new United List election alliance, there are three more new groups.

government formation is likely to be difficult

Prime Minister Karins was ready to lead the upcoming government after the vote. In view of the majority that emerges, difficult coalition negotiations are expected. The alliance partners of the current coalition can no longer come to a majority in the 100 seats of Riga, so that Karin's additional allies have to win to stay prime minister.

"I am convinced that we will be able to find such a solution," said Karims early Sunday morning. "First and foremost, it is about how we all get through the winter, not only in Latvia, but throughout the EU, and that we are all closed behind Ukraine and that we do not wake up in view of the difficulties," said Karins.

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Fear of Russia was the central campaign topic

The election campaign was dominated by the Russian attack war against Ukraine. Similar to Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, many people in Latvia fear that their country could also be attacked despite membership in the EU and NATO. The Baltic States and Poland consistently faced the side of Ukraine.

Pro-ukrainischer Protest mit Luftballons in den Farben der Nationalflagge der Ukraine vor der russischen Botschaft in Riga © Alexander Welscher/DPA/Picture Alliance Pro-Ukrainian protest with balloons in the colors of the National Flag of Ukraine in front of the Russian embassy in Riga

raised the war also other for Latvian questions in dealing with all Russian. These include, for example, the use of the Russian language, the loyalty of ethnic Russians in Latvia and a debate about the national culture of remembrance. With 1.9 million inhabitants, many citizens in the state are also very concerned about the increased increased energy prices and the high inflation.

Karim's party Jauna Vienotiba, like the German Christian Democrats, belongs to the EPP parliamentary group in the European Parliament. He is the first Latvian head of government to complete a full four -year term. Politically, the 57-year-old benefited from his consistent policy towards Moscow, which also includes the restriction of the entry of Russian citizens from Russia and Belarus. In addition, the defense budget was significantly increased.

Qu/Fab (dpa, AFP)

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