Latvian coalition retains power
Final results from the Latvian general election have given a narrow victory to the governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis. His People’s Party won 23 seats, while coalition partners the Union of Greens and Farmers obtained 18 seats and the First Party won 10 seats. Together, they won 51 of the 100 parliamentary seats.
Kalvitis has declared his intention to continue as Prime Minister, and was due to meet coalition partners today to discuss the formation of a new cabinet, and whether new partners would be invited to join the coalition.
This is the first general election in Latvia where the incumbent government has retained power since the country gained independence in 1991; there have been some 12 prime ministers in 15 years. Commentators have remarked that satisfaction with the government, together with a turnout of 60% - the lowest ever at a Latvian general election - are signs that Latvian politics has become more stable, with few extreme parties figuring in the results.
9 October 2006