Leaders react to exit polls as results awaited

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Party leaders thanked voters in the wake of exit polls suggesting the ruling coalition had secured another majority in parliament, while early information from the vote count suggested a different result remained possible.

"I'd like to thank all voters," Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said on LTVs election night show, "We will talk to our existing coalition partners and then decide what to do."

However she hinted that it might be possible for the Regional Alliance party to join the coalition subject to approval by the other coalition partners as its position was "fairly close to Unity's."

Straujuma's predecessor and now EU Vice-President nominee Valdis Dombrovskis said: "We will act responsibly towards our voters. the polls suggest the existing coalition will be able to continue its work using the existing coalition model."

"It's clear the voters don;t want to experiment with their country... the chief purposes of this government will be to safeguard economic growth and national security and to prepare for Latvia's presidency of the European Union next year."

Harmony leader Nils Usakovs also thanked voters from all parties. "We think the result is positive and we will wait until the morning to see the result. We shouldn't rely on exit polls," he said.

His words may yet prove prophetic as speaking on LTV shortly after midnight, Central Election Commission (CVK) chairman Arnis Cimdars said that with around half votes counted Harmony was actually in the lead followed by the Greens and Farmers and then Unity.

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