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Election results 2010, main parties.

Date of election: 2 October 2010

Main issues: The governing centre-right coalition, led by Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, had in the prior period pushed through some of the toughest austerity measures in Europe, backed by the IMF and EU and aimed at preparing the country to join the euro in 2014. They included wage cuts averaging 30% at a time when unemployment stood at 20%.

The main challenge to Dombrovskis had come from a party with strong support among the large Russian minority, Harmony Centre. Presenting itself as a social-democratic alternative, they campaigned against the austerity measures. They had hoped that anger over the crisis would win them the largest share of the vote, including votes from disillusioned ethnic Latvians and possibly give it a place in government for the first time since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Outcome: With all votes counted in Latvia, Mr Dombrovskis's coalition secured 63 seats in parliament. The coalition is expected to consist of the Prime Minister's own party, Vienotiba (33 seats), in addition to the Union of Greens and Farmers (22) and the National Alliance (8).

Sources

Inter-Parliamentary Union, PARLINE database on national parliaments

Reuters: Latvia PM set to win election after crisis

BBC News: Latvia's ruling centre-right coalition wins election

Election results: The Central Election Commission of Latvia