05:09 GMT09 July 2020
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    Latvia's Social Democratic Party "Harmony" of the capital's incumbent mayor Nils Usakovs has kept its majority in the Riga City Council, receiving 50.85 percent of votes in Saturday's local elections, Latvian Central Election Commission data showed Sunday.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — The party will retain 32 seats out of 60, which indicates a loss of seven seats compared to the previous election, when the party received 58.54 percent of votes.

    The remaining seats will be shared between the Latvian Association of Regions-Latvian Development alliance, which got 13.66 percent, the New Conservative Party with 13.41 percent, the National Alliance with 9.24 percent and Unity which got 6.26 percent.

    Usakovs, who is ethnically Russian, is known for criticizing Latvian authorities over anti-Russian policies. Last year, the mayor slammed the authorities for banning the Sputnik international news agency's sputniknews.lv website from the.lv domain. The official was also fined once for using Russian language on his Facebook page.


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