24 Jul '11, 2am

Latvians vote to fire their parliament

Latvians vote to fire their parliament

Latvian former president Valdis Zatlers casts his vote at a polling station in Riga during a referendum for or against the dissolution of parliament. -- PHOTO: AFP RIGA (Latvia) - LATVIANS voted to sack their Parliament in a historic referendum on Saturday as the recession-weary country attempts to dismantle a culture of graft existing between politics and business. With some 73 per cent of ballots counted, 94.7 per cent of voters supported the legislature's dissolution, according to Central Election Commission data early on Sunday, setting the stage for a snap parliamentary election in September. It was the first such referendum since the Baltic country of 2.2 million people broke away from the Soviet Union 20 years ago. The dissolution is a victory for Valdis Zatlers, the man who risked his presidency - and lost it - when he called for the referendum in May after lawmake...

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