Latvian parliamentary election, 1993

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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 5 and 6 June 1993,[1] the first after independence was restored in 1991. Latvian Way emerged as the largest party in the Saeima, winning 36 of the 100 seats. A total of 23 parties participated in the elections, although only eight received 4% or more of votes and won seats.[2] Voter turnout was 91.2%, the highest in the country's history.[3] However, only 66–75% of Latvian residents qualified to vote, with the majority of those not able to vote being Russian.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Latvian Way 362,473 32.4 36
Latvian National Independence Movement 149,347 13.4 15
National Harmony Party 134,289 12.0 13
Latvian Farmers' Union 119,116 10.7 12
Equal Rights 64,444 5.8 7
For Fatherland and Freedom 59,855 5.4 6
Christian Democratic Union 56,057 5.0 6
Democratic Center Party 53,303 4.8 5
Popular Front of Latvia 29,396 2.6 0
Green List 13,362 1.2 0
Party of Russian Citizens in Latvia 13,006 1.2 0
Latvian Democratic Workers' Party 10,509 0.9 0
Electoral Union "Happiness of Latvia" 9,814 0.9 0
Citizens Union "Our Land" 8,687 0.9 0
Economic Activity League 8,333 0.7 0
Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party 7,416 0.7 0
Anti-Communist Union 5,954 0.5 0
Republican Platform 5,075 0.5 0
Conservatives and Peasants 2,797 0.3 0
Independents' Union 1,968 0.2 0
Latvian Liberal Party 1,520 0.1 0
Latvian Unity Party 1,070 0.1 0
Liberal Alliance 525 0.0 0
Invalid/blank votes 15,888
Total 1,134,204 100 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,243,956 91.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Aftermath[edit]

A coalition minority government was formed between Latvian Way and the Latvian Farmers' Union. However, the coalition only commanded the support of 48 out of the 100 MPs, meaning that it was heavily reliant on opposition parties to ensure a parliamentary majority.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1122 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ "Election results of the 5th Saeima (parliament) of the Republic of Latvia". Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1123
  4. ^ "Minorities at Risk Project, Chronology for Russians in Latvia, 2004, Jun 4 - 5, 1993". Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), University of Maryland.