Nils Usakovs: Seat Parliament and Saeima Legislature
nils usakovs: With all the votes counted, results Sunday from Latvia's electoral committee showed the left-wing Harmony party winning with 19.8 per cent support, according to CTV. The country's Russian minority is a major political force as it accounts about 25 per cent of Latvia's nearly 2 million people, a legacy of nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation that ended in 1991. Voters in Latvia, a member of the European Union and NATO, chose Saturday from more than 1,400 candidates and 16 parties to fill the country's 100-seat parliament. Harmony is led by Nils Usakovs, the mayor of Riga, the capital, since 2009. Sunday's result would give the party 23 seats at the Saeima legislature, one less it has now. But it has been shunned by other Latvian parties and kept out of the Cabinet over suspicions that it's too cozy with Moscow, despite the party's pro-EU stance. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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