Latvian govt talks start after Russian party wins vote

By REUTERS
September 18, 2011 04:30

RIGA - Latvian politicians begin talks on forming a new government on Sunday, after a party backed by the large Russian minority won most votes in a snap election that broke the power of business "oligarchs".

In second place was a new party formed by the ex-president, who forced the vote in a corruption row less than a year after the last election. Along with the third-placed party of current Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, it aims to form the core of a new coalition.

Russian minority party Harmony Center, winning an election for the first time in the ethnically-split Baltic nation, said it should not be left out of the new administration.

"I am convinced that Latvian politicians ... will be able to form a coalition where the interests of all voters are represented," Harmony Center leader Nils Usakov, 35, said on LNT commercial television.


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