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Canada Party of Prime Minister Karins is at the front in Latvia

03:40  02 october  2022
03:40  02 october  2022 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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in the parliamentary election in Latvia is the party of the incumbent, EU and NATO-friendly Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins. Karin's center party New unit comes to 22.5 percent of the vote, as can be seen from the survey after the polling stations were closed on Saturday. However, parties that the Russian -speaking minority represented in the country, according to the survey, recorded losses.

Bei der Parlamentswahl in Lettland liegt laut einer Nachwahlbefragung die Partei des amtierenden, EU- und Nato-freundlichen Ministerpräsidenten Krisjanis Karins vorne. Karins Mitte-Partei Neue Einheit kommt auf 22,5 Prozent der Stimmen © Gabriel Bouys In the parliamentary election in Latvia, according to a subsequent survey, the party of the incumbent, EU and NATO-friendly Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins is ahead. Karin's center party New unit comes in second place at 22.5 percent of the vote

, according to the subsequent survey, the United List with 11.5 percent, followed by the Union of Greens and Farmers with 10.9 percent. The conservative national alliance is 8.4 percent. Only one group close to the Russian -speaking minority, the party stability, would therefore narrowly make its way into parliament with 5.4 percent.

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"The election results look quite promising for my party, but it is still too early to say more," said Karins after the polling station was closed. The chances for the head of government are good that he is commissioned by President Egils Levits to form a new government.

"Russia's invasion of Ukraine helps Karins to secure voters in Latvia," said political scientist Marcis Krastin. In such times, the government's popularity increases. Karins will "probably" win-it depends on how many smaller parties make the leap through the five percent hurdle into parliament that supports the head of government.

Central campaign issues in the Baltic State with around 1.8 million inhabitants were the war in Ukraine, the high cost of living and the desire for an energy independence of Russia.

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, similar to Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, fears many people in Latvia in view of the Russian attack on Ukraine that their country could also be attacked despite membership in EU and NATO.

A voter in Sigulda said that he had made his election decision dependent on the support for Ukraine. "I am 83 years old, I lived through Soviet and German military crew in my first half of life." Therefore, it is crucial for him which party Kyiv supports the most against the Russian invasion, Verner's Karklins told the AFP news agency.

"People see that we are already in a storm that will only get stronger, and that makes people think more about their future and the future of the country," said President Egils Levits after going into the polling station . Before the parliamentary election, he had warned against choosing politicians of the Russian -speaking community who "clearly hesitated at the beginning of the Russian invasion of who the aggressor and who the victim is".

The Russian -speaking population represents around 30 percent of the residents in Latvia. The social democratic harmony had convicted Russia's war of attack against Ukraine. However, the party remained cautious when accusation of possible human rights violations by Moscow troops. Most recently, the Pro-Russian party was confronted with corruption scandals.

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