Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins's center-right New Unity party won Saturday's elections with 19 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, giving him the chance to lead another coalition government, Reuters reported.
"The election results, after counting 91 percent of the votes in the districts, mean that Latvia must remain a leading voice along with its Baltic neighbors Lithuania and Estonia in pressuring the European Union to develop a strong stance on Russia," the media wrote.
Karins's party once again received the most support after the elections. Members of the current coalition won 42 seats in the 100-seat parliament, so Karins needs to gain additional allies in order to stay in office as prime minister.
As many as nine parties won enough votes to gain seats in parliament.
After a campaign dominated by security concerns over the situation around Ukraine, Karins told Reuters that he would work to build a coalition of like-minded parties.
First and foremost, everyone is thinking about how they will survive the winter, not only in Latvia, but in the entire EU, and that we will all remain united for Ukraine and not back down in the face of difficulties, Karins said.
The first Latvian prime minister to serve a full four-year term, 57-year-old Karins, who holds dual U.S. and Latvian citizenship, benefited from his Moscow policy, which included restricting entry to Russian citizens traveling from Russia and Belarus.
But his victory could exacerbate the rift between the country's Latvian majority and the Russian-speaking minority over their place in society.