It’s been one month since the Latvian Parliamentary election took place in October and there are some key takeaways to consider before the nomination of the Prime Minister by the President after the coalition discussions are concluded. 

Although the Latvian government has been right-centric since the 1990s, in this historic election the number of elected parties was the highest since the 6th Parliament election, creating one of the most fragmented Parliaments in recent history.  The election had a low voter turnout rate – only 54.6 per cent of the citizens in the voting age participating – in total 845’196, with the pro-Russian party Harmony winning, followed by a populist party KPV LV and the New Conservative Party. Of note is a trend we are seeing across Europe, the rise of populism. This year there was high popularity for the populist party as they were the leaders in Kurzeme and Zemgale regions. Harmony was the most popular in Riga and the New Conservative Party won the Vidzeme region.

Our Interel Global Partnership Latvian Members, VA Government, are sharing insights from the election. Read the Latvia Election Report here.