The municipal elections in Riga threw up many surprises, in particular the rise of an obscure and unknown party, the Homeland/Socialists on the left, and a probable right-wing ruling coalition in the city government. Political scientist Janis Ikstens, one of the foremost commentators on politics in the country, met with The Baltic Times to provide an academic perspective on the regional elections.In a Diena editorial, columnist Peteris Strautins said that the left and Latvia's First Party, led by Ainars Slesers, were the losers in the Riga elections. How do you view the outcome?Well we can ...
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