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Latvians vote to elect new parliament

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-10-07 08:39

A woman casts her ballot during the parliament election in Riga, Latvia, on Oct 6, 2018. Latvian voters started on Saturday to elect a new parliament, the 13th Saeima, for the next four years. [Photo/Xinhua]

RIGA - Latvian voters are going to the polls on Saturday to elect a new parliament, the 13th Saeima, for the next four years.

The new parliament will determine the makeup of the next government coalition which will replace the outgoing tripartite center-right coalition consisting of the Greens and Farmers Union, the Unity and the National Alliance.

A total of 16 political parties and electoral alliances have registered for Saturday's election, but six or seven stand a real chance of winning representation because only those parties that receive more than 5 percent of the vote can receive a mandate in Latvia's 100-seat parliament under electoral law.

Harmony, a leftist party currently in opposition, is expected to win the election, according to public opinion polls. However, to form a government, Harmony will have to look for potential allies.

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