Referendum vote divided along ethnic, regional lines

  • 2003-09-25
  • Aaron Eglitis
RIGA - Support for EU membership in Latvia was among the lowest among the nine accession countries that held referendums, though the country registered the second highest voter turnout with 72.5 percent of eligible voters participating.Most remarkable, however, was that voting varied drastically along regional areas.Residents of the regions of Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Zemgale overwhelming supported membership – with over 70 percent saying "yes."By contrast, Latgale, which is located in the eastern part of the country and contains a high concentration of ethnic Russians and other minorities, onl...
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