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First attempt to elect new president fails

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNone of the two presidential candidates – the current President Valdis Zatlers and the ex-banker and Saeima deputy Andris Berzins – gained the majority vote at the Saeima voting on the next President of Latvia, as 43 deputies voted for Zatlers and 50 for Berzins. The second round of the presidential elections has already begun.

Zatlers was nominated by 33 deputies from the party Unity (Vienotība) faction and eight deputies from the opposition party association For Good Latvia (Par labu Latviju) faction, although later on the party changed its standpoint.

Berzins was nominated to the President of Latvia post by five deputies from the Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība) faction: Jānis Vucāns, Iveta Grigule, Aivars Dronka, Kārlis Seržants and Staņislavs Šķesters.

The Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee confirmed on Wednesday, June 1, that both candidates meet the requirements for holding the president’s post.

Born in 1955, Zatlers was elected President of Latvia four years ago and was formerly the head of Traumatology and Orthopedics hospital. While Berzins, born in 1944, was previously in charge of Unibanka, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Latvenergo council and last year he was elected at the 10th Saeima from the Greens and Farmers Union list.

Comparing both candidates’ financial situation, it appears Berzins is much wealthier than Zatlers – the ex-banker has lent around one million lats. Moreover, he owns several dozens of real estate, shares in companies, as well as securities worth several hundreds of thousand lats. Whereas the current President of Latvia has accumulated nearly 10 000 lats.

At least 51 deputies’ votes are necessary to elect the President of Latvia.

The candidates were voted at secret ballot with ballot papers.

If during the first round of elections, no candidate wins the required number of votes, all candidates will be voted on for the second time. If still nobody is elected, the elections will continue, excluding in the subsequent round the candidate with least votes gained in the previous election round. Elections continue until one of the candidates obtains the number of votes necessary for election.

If in the last round of the presidential elections no candidate attains the necessary number of votes, new elections will take place. Candidacies for new elections must be named no later than five days after the final election round.

The Saeima Presidium has to convene a parliamentary session on the new presidential elections no earlier than ten days and no later than 15 days after the final round.

Zatlers’ presidential mandate expires on July 7, 2011.


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  1. gilly says:

    I did expect this..

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