An opposition party catering to the Latvia’s large ethnic Russian minority is poised to win the Baltic nation’s parliamentary election but it’s expected to face difficulties in forming a coalition government.

A Latvian casts their ballot paper at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting their ballots on Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation’s large ethnic-Russian minority is expected to win the most votes, but is seen to be struggling to find coalition partners. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Voters in Latvia, which is a member of the European Union and NATO, chose Saturday from more than 1,400 candidates and 16 parties to fill the country’s 100-seat parliament.

Latvians mark their ballots at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting their ballots on Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation’s large ethnic-Russian minority is expected to win the most votes, but is seen to be struggling to find coalition partners. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

With over 95 percent of votes counted, preliminary results Sunday from Latvia’s electoral committee showed the left-wing Harmony party was leading with 20 percent support.

Latvians mark their ballots at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting their ballots on Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation’s large ethnic-Russian minority is expected to win the most votes, but is seen to be struggling to find coalition partners. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)
A Latvian woman holds her ballot papers at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting their ballots on Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation’s large ethnic-Russian minority is expected to win the most votes, but is seen to be struggling to find coalition partners. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

The populist KPV party and the anti-corruption New Conservative Party were in second and third place with 14.1 percent and 13.6 percent of the votes respectively.

Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis, leader of the Saskana Party, casts his ballot papers at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting their ballots on Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation’s large ethnic-Russian minority is expected to win the most votes, but is seen to be struggling to find coalition partners. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ centrist Union of Greens and Farmers was in the sixth place with 10 percent support.

Source: The Associated Press