Latvian parliamentary election, 6 October 2018

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Latvia held a parliamentary election on 6 October 2018 to elect the members of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament).

The turnout of the election was the lowest since the country re-established its independence in 1990. The former coalition government lost almost half of its votes to new parties. The Social Democratic Party 'Harmony' received most votes in the election, although it received less votes than in the 2014 election. The party received most of its support from the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia. The populist parties KPV LV and the New Conservative Party received the most votes after Harmony.

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The election raised concerns about Russian interference. Donald Tusk, in his speech on the future of Europe, expressed his concern about the influence of Russia in European politics. He argued the Latvian general election would show if this strategy is effective.

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Bloomberg, 08.10.18: Populist Surge Eclipsed by New Faces in Latvia
Deutsche Welle, 07.10.18: Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top
IFES Election Guide, 06.10.18: Election for Latvian Parliament
Wikipedia, 06.10.18: Latvian parliamentary election, 2018,_2018
LSM.LV Public broadcasting of Latvia, 08.10.18: New Latvian Saeima will be slightly younger, much more female
Robert Schuman Foundation, 03.09.18: Will 2018 be the year in which Harmony takes power in Latvia?
Euro|topics, October 2018: How will parliamentary elections change Latvia?
LSE European Institute: LSE EuroppBlog, 16.10.18: The 2018 Latvian elections: New faces, old patterns
Social Europe, 17.10.18: No People ,Big Problem’: Democracy And Its Discontents In Latvia’s National Elections
Foreign Policy Research Institute: Baltic Bulletin, 26.09.18: Why Latvian Elections matter for Europe
CVK: The 13th Saeima Elections

Politico, 07.10.18: Pro-Russian, populist parties garner most votes in Latvian election
Politico, 06.10.18: Tusk makes scathing attack on Russian influence
Reuters, 07.10.18: Dissatisfied Latvians turn to newcomers in parliamentary election
The Guardian, 07.10.1: Pro-Russian Harmony tipped to be Latvia's largest party following election

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