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Latvians Weary of Corruption to Oust Oligarchs as GDP Lags

Latvia is preparing to oust the “oligarchs” whose parties for a decade controlled swathes of parliament as voters in the Baltic region’s slowest-growing economy tire of corruption.

Opinion polls show parties affiliated with three oligarchs, who influence policy and secretly control companies, according to former President Valdis Zatlers, will win as few as 14 of the legislature’s 100 seats at a Sept. 17 election, down from 51 five years ago and 30 in 2010.