The pro-Kremlin Harmony party requires to hold the balance of power in Latviaafter the general election on Saturday with the exit poll shows it topping the vote by the Liberals.
Public TV survey showed the Harmony was 19.4% share of the vote, while the liberal pro-EU, pro-NATO for development in third with 13.4%, before the right-wing National Alliance to 12.6%.
Populists who can help harmony the formation of the Coalition, followed closely behind. A new Conservative Party on 12.4% and KPV moratorium showed 11.5%.
The Greens and Farmers Union of the Prime Minister, Māris Kučinskis, managed 9.7%.
“No coalition possible combination without the harmony that will appear on the stable,” harmony chairman of the board and the mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, said to the agency. “Otherwise you can be a coalition of racist and gay rights supporters that the government will stay together for two or three weeks.”
Popular with Latvia’s ethnic Russian minority, which constitutes about a quarter of the country’s 1.9 million people and the harmony formerly allied with the
The final results of the vote are expected early Sunday with the coalition talks to follow-up while the current parliament keeps working until November.
Voting is tarnished by a hacker attack on the Draugiem.lv social network, second only to Facebook in the Baltic states presented by the pro-Russian message.
“Comrade Latvia, these fears. Russia’s borders do not end” in Russia, followed by the sound of the signs of Russian soldiers in green uniforms annexation of Crimea, Russian tanks parading in Moscow and smiling Putin.
The participation rate in voting was 53.99%, according to the election site.
Analysts predicted the harmony that took place on some high-level ethnic Latvia, such as names, may join forces with the populist party.
KPV LV, the popularity of the party led by former stage actor Artuss Kaimiņš is a potential partner in the coalition.
And the party’s candidate for Prime Minister, attorney Aldis Gobzems recently suggested he was open to working with other parties.
“KPV moratorium can work with anyone, we don’t have any red lines with respect to any of the other political forces,” Gobzems said during TV24 discussion.