Latvia gears up for language referendum

  • 2012-02-15
  • Staff and wire reports
RIGA - Latvians are getting ready to head to the polls on Feb. 18 for what is one of the most divisive and controversial votes in the country’s history – the vote to make Russian an official state language.The upcoming vote has raised passions among people across the entire political specturum (see outlook Page 16).The referendum is widely expected to fail, considering that it needs far more votes to succeed than the Russian population of the country that’s eligible to vote. The key figure, however, will be how many people turn out to vote.“It will show h...
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