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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Commentary and Analysis
Bloomberg, 08.10.18: Populist Surge Eclipsed by New Faces in Latvia https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-08/populist-surge-outshined-by-other-new-faces-in-latvian-election
Deutsche Welle, 07.10.18: Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top https://www.dw.com/en/latvia-election-puts-pro-russia-harmony-party-on-top/a-45783180
IFES Election Guide, 06.10.18: Election for Latvian Parliament http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/3070/
Wikipedia, 06.10.18: Latvian parliamentary election, 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_parliamentary_election,_2018
LSM.LV Public broadcasting of Latvia, 08.10.18: New Latvian Saeima will be slightly younger, much more female https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/saeima/new-latvian-saeima-will-be-slightly-younger-much-more-female.a295182/
Robert Schuman Foundation, 03.09.18: Will 2018 be the year in which Harmony takes power in Latvia? https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1773-will-2018-be-the-year-in-which-harmony-takes-power-in-latvia
Euro|topics, October 2018: How will parliamentary elections change Latvia? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/207625/how-will-parliamentary-elections-change-latvia?zitat=207691#zitat207691
LSE European Institute: LSE EuroppBlog, 16.10.18: The 2018 Latvian elections: New faces, old patterns http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/10/16/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 https://www.socialeurope.eu/no-people-big-problem-democracy-and-its-discontents-in-latvias-national-elections
Foreign Policy Research Institute: Baltic Bulletin, 26.09.18: Why Latvian Elections matter for Europe https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/09/why-latvian-elections-matter-for-europe/
CVK: The 13th Saeima Elections https://www.cvk.lv/pub/public/32005.html

News
Politico, 07.10.18: Pro-Russian, populist parties garner most votes in Latvian election https://www.politico.eu/article/harmony-russia-populist-latvia-election-maris-kucinskis/
Politico, 06.10.18: Tusk makes scathing attack on Russian influence https://www.politico.eu/article/donald-tusk-poland-russia-latvia-makes-scathing-attack-on-russian-influence/
Reuters, 07.10.18: Dissatisfied Latvians turn to newcomers in parliamentary election https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-latvia-election/dissatisfied-latvians-turn-to-newcomers-in-parliamentary-election-idUKKCN1MH0BB
The Guardian, 07.10.1: Pro-Russian Harmony tipped to be Latvia's largest party following election https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/07/pro-russian-harmony-tipped-to-be-latvias-largest-party-following-election

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