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Chief Putin Critic Clinches Key Election Victory in Latvia

  • US-born premier’s party favored to lead new ruling coalition
  • Party representing Russians knocked out of parliament
Krisjanis Karins speaks to media after casting his ballot during the general election in Sigulda, Latvia, on Oct. 1.

Krisjanis Karins speaks to media after casting his ballot during the general election in Sigulda, Latvia, on Oct. 1.

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Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin, won a decisive victory in general elections as voters punished a party backed by ethnic Russians.

Bolstered by its vocal opposition of the Russian president’s invasion of Ukraine, Karins’s New Unity won 19% of the vote, according to a final results released by the central election commission.