Centre right wins Latvian election

The centre-right New Era party, led by the former central bank chief Einars Repse, won the 5 October election in Latvia with more than 23 per cent of the vote.

Mr Repse will now start negotiations to form a coalition government with other centre-right parties.

The Latvia’s Way party of the current Prime Minister, Andris Berzins, failed to reach the 5 per cent treshold to enter parliament.

The second biggest party now is the leftist group For Human Rights in a United Latvia, which won nearly 19 per cent of the vote. It is the only left-wing party that made it into parliament.

73 per cent of the 1.4 million Latvian voters participated in the election.

These are the final results of the Latvian general election of 5 October 2002:

Party

Number of seats

Percentage of the vote

New Time

26

23.93

For Human Rights in United Latvia

24

18.94

People’s Party

21

16.71

Greens’ and Farmers’ Union

12

9.47

Latvia’s First Party

10

9.58

For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK

7

5.39

Total

100

 

The result is not expected to affect Latvia’s pro-Western orientation and its preparations for EU and NATO membership. The newly elected parties are also expected to continue with pro-market reforms.

 

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