Latvia rejects Russian in landmark referendum

  • 2012-02-22
  • By TBT Staff
RIGA - Latvians have overwhelmingly rejected Russian as a second language in a controversial and highly divisive national referendum.The motion, which would have changed the country’s constitution to make Russian an official state language, was shot down by a vote of 74.8 percent to 24.8 percent with less than half a percent of ballots invalid.More than 71 percent of the electorate took part in the referendum, marking the largest voter turnout since the election of the country’s first post-independence government in 1993.“The referendum’s record-high ...
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