Latvian parliamentary election, 1998

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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 3 October 1998.[1] The People's Party emerged as the largest party in the Saeima, winning 24 of the 100 seats.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Party 203,585 21.3 24 New
Latvian Way 173,420 18.1 21 +4
For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK 140,773 14.7 17 +3
National Harmony Party 135,700 14.2 16 +10
Latvian Social Democratic Alliance 123,056 12.9 14 +14
New Party 70,214 7.3 8 New
Latvian Farmers' Union 23,732 2.5 0
Workers' Party-LKDS-ZP 22,018 2.3 0
People's Movement for Latvia 16,647 1.7 0 –16
Democratic Party "Saimnieks" 15,410 1.6 0 –18
Latvian Revival Party 5,000 0.5 0 New
National Progress Party 4,522 0.5 0 New
Latvian Unity Party 4,445 0.5 0 –8
Social Democratic Women's Organisation 3,133 0.3 0 New
Popular Movement "Freedom" 3,099 0.3 0 New
Latvian National Democratic Party 2,927 0.3 0 0
Conservative Party 2,318 0.2 0 New
Citizens' Union "Our Land" 2,238 0.2 0 New
Helsinki-86 2,088 0.2 0 New
Democrats' Party 792 0.1 0 0
Latvian National Reform Party 464 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 26,819
Total 982,400 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,383,661 71.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Aftermath[edit]

Initially, a coalition government was formed between Latvian Way, For Fatherland and Freedom, the Social Democratic Alliance and the New Party. This enjoyed a parliamentary majority with 60 out of the 100 MPs. However, within six months of the coalition forming, the Social Democratic Alliance left the government, leaving it with just 46 MPs, wiping out its parliamentary majority. As a result, a new government was formed with the addition of the People's Party. This enjoyed a large parliamentary majority, with 70 out of the 100 MPs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1122 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7