The October 1 parliamentary election gave Krisjanis Karins, Latvia’s first prime minister to serve a full four-year term, a clear mandate to form a government. His New Unity (JV) won the largest share of the vote and more than trebled its seats to 26 in the 100-member parliament.
- The Stability party will be a far more populist voice for Russian-speakers in parliament than Harmony.
- Karins will have to cope with persistently high inflation driven by world food prices and domestic wages, the central bank forecasts.
- Inflation will prompt a pronounced drop in household consumption in 2023, reducing growth and living standards.