Political parties get their numbers

Latvia's traditional pre-election routine continued Friday with the drawing of lots for political parties to determine what number they will have on ballot papers in parliamentary elections on October 4.

 

With 13 parties registered for the election, there was an eager atmosphere in the Saeima's suitably infernal Red Hall for the drawing of the lots supervised by the Central Electoral Commission (CVK).

The coveted number 1 slot was bagged by For Latvia's Development, a new party headed by former Prime Minister Einars Repse.

Exhibiting less luck was former state auditor Inguna Sudraba whose Latvia From The Heart party was lumbered with 'unlucky' 13th place.

The full list of parties - nearly half of which feature the word 'Latvia' in their names - is as follows:

1 For Latvia's Development (Latvijas attīstībai)

2 Sovereignty (SUVERENITĀTE)

3 Freedom. Free from fear, hate and anger. (Brīvība. Brīvs no bailēm, naida un dusmām)

4 Unity (VIENOTĪBA)

5 Development (POLITISKĀ PARTIJA IZAUGSME)

6 United For Latvia (Vienoti Latvijai)

7 National Alliance (Nacionālā apvienība Visu Latvijai! - Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK)

8 Latvias Regional Alliance (Latvijas Reģionu Apvienība)

9 New Conservative Party (Jaunā konservatīvā partija)

10 Latvia's Russian Union (Latvijas Krievu savienība)

11 Harmony (Saskaņa sociāldemokrātiskā partija)

12 Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība)

13 For Latvia From The Heart (No sirds Latvijai)

 

 

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