Party of Latvia PM Kariņš wins election, provisional results show

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Latvia’s national election on Saturday was won by the New Unity party of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, according to provisional results.

The center-right New Unity party captured 19 percent of the vote, the provisional results showed, followed by the Union of Greens and Farmers with 12.4 percent and the United List with 11 percent.

The figures mean that the prime minister’s party will provisionally have the most seats in the parliament with 26. The Union of Greens and Farmers would have 16 potential seats, and the United List, 15.

Karins told media outlets earlier that it would be easiest to continue with the same coalition government if his party won, the Associated Press reported.

“First and foremost on everyone’s minds is how we all get through the winter, not only in Latvia but throughout the EU, and that we all remain united behind Ukraine, and do not waiver in the face of difficulties for us,” Karins told Reuters.

Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU trade commissioner and a former Latvian prime minister, said the Baltic country was currently “facing a very complicated geopolitical situation in a context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” the AP reported.

“People voted for experienced political force with a clear Euro-Atlantic course, which can deal and lead a country in this complicated situation,” Dombrovskis told New Unity supporters in the capital of Riga, according to the AP.