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Latvian Saeima election cuts ruling party seats from 56% to 32%

With votes from 1,057 out of 1,078 polling stations of the October 6 Latvian parliamentary election counted, the current three ruling parties look set have lost their majority of 56% seats down to 32%.

According to the preliminary data of the Central Election Commission of Latvia published early on Sunday, October 7, the Union of Greens and Farmers with its leader, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, has seen its 21 seats in the 100-member Saeima reduced to 11.

The centre-right New Unity seems to have performed the worst going from 19 MPs down to eight.

Out of the current coalition parties, the conservative National Alliance has achieved a more stable result with its current 16 mandates cut to 13.

The winner of the election with 24 MPs is set to be the party Harmony, which is the ruling party in Riga.

In the current Saeima, Harmony also has 24 MPs. Most other parties have ruled out forming a common government with Harmony.

The number of political parties represented in the Latvian parliament has been expanded from five to seven with newcomers reaching the 2nd, 3rd and 5th best results.

According preliminary results, the New Conservative Party has come second with 16 seats, followed by the anti-establishment KPL LV.

The social liberal ‘Attīstībai/Par!’, founded in spring 2018, is set to have received 13 seats in the 100-member Saeima.


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