ElectionGudie

Russian minorty party wins the most seats in Lativian election

Sept. 17, 2011, midnight


Harmony Center, a left-leaning, pro-Russian party, won the most votes in Latvia's parliamentary elections on Saturday. The party, which caters to the country’s Russian minority, captured around 28 percent of the vote, while a new party formed by former President Valdis ZATLERS came in second place with nearly 21 percent. Unity, the largest member in the current ruling coalition, fell to third place with 18 percent. Then-President Valdis ZATLERS forced the early elections by calling a special referendum in May to dissolve parliament. ZATLERS called for the dissolution after parliament blocked an anti-corruption investigation against a prominent politician.

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