Development/For!/Progressives lead the way in Rīga council elections

Preliminary results of the Riga City Council extraordinary elections show an impressive win for the Development/For!/Progressives (A/P/P) ticket.  

Based on results from all 156 polling stations, A/P/P will be the largest political force in the new Rīga council chamber having won 26.2% of the vote, followed by Harmony on 16.9%, New Unity on 15.2%, the National Alliance/Regional Alliance on 9.6%, Honor to Serve Rīga on 7.7%, Latvian Russian Union 6.5%, and New Conservatives 6.4%. No other parties have passed the 5% election threshold.

Riga council election results

Turnout was the lowest recorded since 1997 at just 40%, with perhaps coronavirus fears and bad weather contributing to people's reluctance to go to the polls. 

Those results put A/P/P in line to control 18 of the 60 total council seats available, and a coalition along the lines of the current ruling government coalition at national level involving A/P/P, New Unity, the New Conservatives and National Alliance would command a clear majority with 39 seats. Mārtiņš Staķis of A/P/P is thus the most likely candidate to fill the role of Rīga mayor.

"The voters have placed their trust in us, now it is our turn to keep our promises," Staķis told LTV on August 30 as preparations were being made for discussions about the shape of the new council between parties.

Distribution of seats in new Rīga council chamber

 

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