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Relations with Russia have long been a dominating topic in Latvia's national politics

Latvians voted in a parliamentary election Saturday in which a party catering to the Baltic nation's large ethnic Russian minority is expected to win the most support but have trouble forming a coalition government.

Voters in Latvia, which is a member of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, chose from more than 1,400 candidates and 16 parties to fill the country's 100-seat parliament, or Saeima.

The left-leaning Harmony party - which has a cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party, United Russia - and advocates the interests of Latvia's Russian-speaking citizens, became the biggest party, with 19.8 percent of the vote, according to country's central election commission.

It is followed by the New Conservative Party with 16 seats, KPV LV with 15 seats, the National Alliance with 13 seats, Development/For with 13 seats, the Greens and Farmers Union with 11 seats and New Unity with eight seats.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation now has more than 1,000 troops deployed in the Baltic country of 2 million and even the potential of a minor shift in allegiance in Latvia will worry both Brussels and Washington.

But Harmony's pro-Russian stance is still an issue.

"This is breaking our agreement with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, of which Latvia is a member since 2004, he adds".

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The victory on elections to the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Latvia, the Pro-Russian wing of the party "Consent" does not mean that in the near future Latvia will automatically change its political course.

They want stable ties between Latvia and Russian Federation.

And this time, after a decade of trying, the party may finally manage to form a government by joining forces with newcomer populists.

Observers say it's unlikely that Harmony, led by Nils Usakovs, who has been mayor of Riga, the capital, since 2009, would team up with Kucinskis' party in a coalition because of substantial policy differences.

"KPV LV can work with anybody". Also, the right-wing party "New Unity" passed into the parliament with the result of 6.6%.

The candidate of this party for the post of Prime minister, the lawyer Aldis Gobzems, intimated that he did not rule out an alliance with Harmony. However, with seven parties winning seats, coalition talks could go on for weeks or months. Of the exit polls should be published shortly after, while the official results will come Sunday.

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