CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Exit polls suggest Latvian government win

10-03-2010 08:31 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

An exit poll and a partial count of votes, have shown voters in Latvia, favoring the government's coalition.

The results could give Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis a new mandate to continue painful economic reforms in one of the world's most recession-scarred economies.

An exit poll by local media showed the center-right government of Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis winning 55 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, the Central Election Committee reported that, with 29 percent of the ballots counted, the government has a commanding lead of 64 percent of the vote.

If the trend continues, it is all but certain that Dombrovskis would remain in power.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister, said, "Well we know that there have been several parties calling for scrapping international loan programme, for scrapping Latvian economic stabilisation programme, promising all kind of wonders, but we see that voters were not really buying it."

Latvia's economy overinflated after four years of double-digit growth, and economic output plunged 25 percent over the past two years.

President Valdis Zatlers, who has the right to nominate the next prime minister, said that one of the criteria in his selection will be strict adherence to the 7.5 billion euro emergency bailout package put together by the IMF and the EU.

The bailout saved Latvia from bankruptcy, but it also shackles any future government to harsh budget cuts and tax hikes - something that will not sit well with a population that saw unemployment reach nearly 25 percent last year.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program