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Balodis: argument that presidential elections cannot be entrusted to the people is wrong

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe argument that the presidential elections cannot be entrusted to the people is directed against the people and the entire country, says head of Saeima work group on presidential authority Ringolds Balodis.

On Tuesday, 21 March, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee’s work group for the possible expansion of the state president’s authority will gather for a meeting. During the meeting, members of the work group will view multiple articles of the Constitution regarding the president’s immunity and election order, as reported by the Saeima press-service.

«Studies show that presidents elected by the people enjoy a great deal of support from the nation. Experience shows there is an extremely powerful counterweight to this is the idea among the political elite. Opposition to the idea of having a president elected by the people was present even before the approval of the constitution. There is no doubt that the Constitution was written with a president elected by the people, not the parliament in mind. Because of the fear of people’s rule, the Constitution was amended to ensure the country’s president is elected by the parliament,» Balodis said.

He also emphasized that the argument against allowing the nation to elect its own president is aimed against the nation.

He comments: «The nation electing a president would be much more honest than 100 deputies. We will discuss this.»

Participation in the meeting has been confirmed by ex-presidents Guntis Ulmanis, Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Valdis Zatlers, as well as politologists Arnis Kaktins and Filips Rajevskis. Also the meeting will be attended by rights experts Sanita Osipova, Talavs Jundzis, Arturs Kucs, Janis Pleps, Juta Strike and others.

The Legal Affairs Committee’s work group for expansion of the president’s authority was formed on 17 February 2015. Each faction of the 12th Saeima has a representative in the work group. There have been 10 meetings of this work group so far. Approximately 100 experts from different institutions have participated in those meetings. Among the guests there have been presidents, Saeima speakers, prime ministers and heads of state institutions.

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