Latvians Seen Re-electing Center Right As Russia Overshadows Poll

Published on 4 Oct 2014, 13:17
Latvia's center government looks set to be re-elected in a general election on Saturday after taking a hard line over the actions of neighbors and former ruler Russia in Ukraine. Years of austerity after the financial crisis have dented the coalition government's popularity. But the conflict in Ukraine has shifted focus from the economy to security in a country where ethnic Russians make up almost 21 percent of voters and Concord, a pro-Russia opposition party, is the biggest in parliament. Fears over Russia's intentions in the Baltic region are often voiced by citizens, some of whom have painful memories of Russian rule.