An openly pro-Russia party allied to Vladimir Putin’s United Russia has won the most votes in Latvia’s general election, held on October 6.
The Harmony party, which takes almost all of its support from Latvia’s numerous Russian-speaking minority, took 19.9 per cent of the vote, and will have the first opportunity to try and form a government.
“The only possible stable coalition includes Harmony,” said the party’s leader and mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs, pictured above voting with his family. “Any other coalition would have to bring together xenophobes with gay rights activists, and would last about two weeks.”
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Source: Emerging Europe