More of the same for Latvian prime minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, as he confirms he will continue to head up the same coalition government as before the election. Results from yesterday’s poll show the country is firmly backing the government, which has gone from a minority to a majority.
The Prime Minister’s Unity bloc will remain in partnership with the Union of Greens and Farmers party, in a centre-right alliance that has been implementing austerity measures.
The result comes as a blow to the pro-Russian Harmony Centre. Though they made big gains in the election, opinion polls had shown they were on course to become the largest party.
The result seems to be an endorsement for the painful economic reforms Latvians have had to endure. The cut-backs are tied to the IMF bail-out loan of 7.5 billion euros in 2008. With the government unchanged, people living in Europe’s most recession-hit country will have to continue to tighten their belts.