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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Government In Latvia Fails To Get Backing

xRIGA -- The Latvian parliament on Thursday withheld its backing for a new conservative government team, throwing the political ball back into the court of President Guntis Ulmanis.

Only 35 deputies in the 100-seat parliament voted for the proposed new government of Andrejs Krastins, a member of the National Conservative Party, or LNNK. Twenty-seven deputies voted against the team and 28 deputies abstained.

Because a number of deputies were absent or are under suspension, a vote of 45 in favor of the new government was needed for parliament to approve the team on Thursday.

LNNK has 15 seats in parliament and was trying to form a government without the backing of Latvian Way, the largest parliamentary faction and the main party in the old government.

LNNK takes a tougher line than Latvian Way on ties with Moscow and with the Russian-speaking minority.