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Latvians Vote as EU's Latest Populists Spice Up Election

  • Ruling coalition threatened by anti-establishment newcomer
  • Outcome very unpredictable with 25% of electorate undecided
Latvia's Capital City As Baltic Nation Steps Up Efforts To Rid Banks Of Questionable Cash
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Latvians go to the polls Saturday, with an establishment-bashing upstart injecting drama into the country’s usually dull elections.

The tiny Baltic nation is getting a taste of the populism that’s upended politics from London to Rome as a brash new party threatens to rip up the regular script. Its rise challenges the center-right coalitions that routinely prevail in this European Union and NATO member. The highest number of undecided voters in more than a decade adds to the uncertainty. Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.