MOSCOW, October 2 – Novosti. The New Unity party, which includes the current Prime Minister of Latvia, Krisjanis Karins, wins the elections to the Latvian parliament, gaining almost 19% of the vote, eight parties in total pass the Seimas that managed to overcome the five-percent barrier, among them there is no opposition party “Consent” and the “Russian Union of Latvia”, according to the data on the website of the CEC of Latvia after the processing of votes in 96% of the polling stations.
According to the CEC, by 13.00 (coincides with Moscow time) votes from 96.59% of the polling stations were processed, the party of the current Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins “New Unity” is in the lead, gaining 18.93%. According to preliminary data, the five percent barrier to entering the Seimas is being gained by the Union of Greens and Peasants , which is not part of the ruling coalition (12.65%), as well as the Joint List (10.97%), the National Association (9.3%) , Stabilitatei! (6.76%), “Latvia in first place” (6.19%), “Progressive” (6.12%). The Attīstībai/Par! party is on the verge of entering parliament. (5.02%), which is the current Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks . In the last elections, the party came in fourth with 12% of the vote.
The opposition party “Consent” is gaining 4.77% and does not get into the Sejm, the “Russian Union of Latvia” has 3.62%. In the last elections, “Consent” won 19.8% of the vote and became the largest party in parliament, winning 23 seats.
The CEC reports that by 13.00 the total turnout, including polling stations abroad, was 59.37%, 915,743 voters out of 1,542,407 voted.
Earlier, according to the exit poll, “New Unity” was predicted 22.5% with a ten percent lead over the rest, but the actual results of the exit poll were not confirmed.
Elections to the 14th Saeima are taking place in Latvia. The parliament in the country is unicameral and consists of 100 deputies. Voting takes place in five constituencies – Riga, Vidzeme, Kurzeme, Latgale and Zemgale. More than 1.5 million Latvian citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote. According to the CEC, 1,829 candidates are running for the Sejm on 19 party lists. According to the Ambassador of Latvia to the Russian Federation Maris Riekstins, there is one polling station in Russia in Moscow . Voting in Latvia ended at 20.00 (coincides with Moscow time) on October 1.