Latvian PM’s New Unity occasion forward in vote, exit ballot exhibits By Reuters

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© Reuters. Motorists drive previous an enormous election marketing campaign poster depicting Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins of New Unity occasion in Riga, Latvia September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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By Andrius Sytas

RIGA (Reuters) -The centre-right New Unity occasion of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins was set to win Saturday’s nationwide election, an exit ballot confirmed, after a marketing campaign dominated by safety considerations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

If confirmed, the consequence ought to imply Latvia stays a number one voice alongside its Baltic neighbours Lithuania and Estonia in pushing the European Union for a decisive stance towards Russia.

Nevertheless it might widen a rift between the nation’s Latvian majority and its Russian-speaking minority over their place in society, amid widespread nationwide anger over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

The primary Latvian head of presidency to outlive a full four-year time period, Karins, 57, has benefited from his Russia coverage, which included proscribing the entry of Russian residents travelling from Russia and Belarus.

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