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Latvian Premier Tapped to Start Coalition Talks After Ballot Win

Krisjanis Karins led his New Unity party to win 26 seats in Latvia’s parliament.

Krisjanis Karins led his New Unity party to win 26 seats in Latvia’s parliament.

Photographer: Gints Ivuskans/AFP/Getty Images

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Latvia’s president tapped Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins to start talks on forming a new government after winning a decisive victory in Saturday’s elections.

Karins, a US citizen who is staunch critic of Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, led his New Unity party to win 26 seats in the Baltic state’s 100-member parliament. Voters also punished a party backed by ethnic Russians that had won the past three elections, denying it entry to the assembly.