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Latvia votes in historic referendum

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Latvia votes in historic referendum


Latvians are on Saturday voting in an historic referendum aimed at curtailing corruption in what is one of Europe’s poorest countries. The poll will decide if parliament should be dissolved.

The vote was called in May by previous President Valdis Zatlers, the first time this has happened in Latvia.

Zatlers was angered by parliament’s refusal to lift the immunity of a member suspected of corruption.

The president himself was ousted a week later, but polls suggest he could be re-elected.

The former president says he has had enough of living in a Latvia based on “lies, cynicism and greed”.

Latvia joined the EU in 2004. The country has long been dogged by corruption. The official result of the referendum is expected on Tuesday.

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