RIGA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvian Prime Minister Kriszjanis Karins’ centre-right New Unity Party is on course to win national elections on Saturday, a poll showed, after a campaign dominated by security concerns following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
If confirmed, this would result in Latvia joining its Baltic neighbors Lithuania and Estonia as a leading voice in pushing the EU to take a decisive stance against Russia.
But amid widespread national anger over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, it could widen the divide between the country’s Latvian majority and its Russian-speaking minority over their place in society.
Karins, 57, the first Latvian head of government to survive a full four-year term, benefited from his Russia policy that restricted the entry of Russian citizens traveling from Russia and Belarus.
Sign up now for unlimited free access to Reuters.com
Reporting by Andrias Sydas in Vilnius and Janice Lysons in Riga; Editing by Justina Pavlak and David Holmes
Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
“Friend of animals everywhere. Coffee maven. Professional food trailblazer. Twitter buff.”