Latvian parliamentary election, 1940
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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 14 and 15 July 1940, alongside simultaneous undemocratic and anticonstitutional elections in Estonia and Lithuania, following the Soviet occupation of the three countries. The Communist Party of Latvia was legalised and renamed the "Working People's Bloc". It was the sole permitted participant in the election, as an attempt to include the Democratic Bloc (an alliance of all now-banned Latvian parties except the Social Democratic Workers' Party) on the ballot was suppressed, and the main figures of the bloc either arrested and deported (Atis Ķeniņš, Pēteris Berģis and Jānis Bankavs) or shot (Hugo Celmiņš) shortly after, while few (Voldemārs Zāmuēls, Jānis Breikšs) managed to escape from the country.
Along with its sister parliaments in Estonia (Riigivolikogu) and Lithuania (Liaudies Seimas), the newly elected People's Parliament (Tautas Saeima) convened on 21 July to declare the Latvian SSR, requesting admission to the Soviet Union on the same day. The request was approved by the Soviet government on 5 August.
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|Source: My Riga|
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