In the parliamentary elections in the EU and NATO country Latvia, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins' liberal-conservative governing party Jauna Vienotiba prevailed. With 18.9 percent of the votes, the party emerged as the winner of the vote, as the data from the electoral commission in Riga showed on Sunday morning after counting in almost 95 percent of all polling stations. Like the German Christian Democrats, Jauna Vienotiba belongs to the EPP Group in the European Parliament. The election was overshadowed by Russia's war in Ukraine and concerns about rising energy costs.
The second strongest force is the opposition alliance of farmers and greens (12.8 percent) ahead of the newly formed electoral alliance United List (11.0 percent). According to the information, only one of Karins' three coalition partners made it safely into parliament: the national-conservative National Alliance (9.3 percent). While the conservatives clearly failed at the five percent hurdle, the liberal party For Development / For! just above it.
Keep hoping in the opposition
With the counting of the remaining votes in the Baltic Republic, the balance of power could still shift. The opposition party Harmonie in particular relies on this. The hitherto strongest political force in Latvia is currently only 4.8 percent. The party, whose core voters come mainly from the strong minority of Russian origin and won the most votes in the last elections, is the big loser of the vote.
A total of eight parties made it into the Saeima parliament. In addition to the United List, there are three other new groups. After the vote, Karins showed himself ready to lead the coming government. However, difficult coalition negotiations were expected.
The election campaign was dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its aftermath. Many citizens in the country of 1.9 million people are also very worried about the sharp rise in energy prices and galloping inflation.
Latvian Electoral Commission