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Latvian Saeima not unanimous in opinion regarding Bērziņš's re-election

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe majority of parties represented in Latvia’s parliament do not express clear support for the possibility of Andris Bērziņš‘s re-election as President of Latvia. At the same time, multiple political forces in Latvia do not exclude the possibility of offering their own candidates for this post.

The Union of Greens and Farmers is currently the only coalition party to have officially announced that it will support Bērziņš for his possible re-election as President of Latvia, but only if he expresses his own will to become a candidate.

Unity has yet to make its decision on this matter. This party expects Bērziņš to announce his own intentions first, as confirmed by Solvita Āboltiņa.

The National Alliance wants to initiate a discussion on the required characteristics of the next president, said NA’s Chairman Gaidis Bērziņš. It is planned to discuss this matter on the next meeting of the faction, because there is not much time left, he added.

Leaders of this party had previously mentioned Egils Levits as the possible candidate. The Chairman of the National Alliance had said that the party does not exclude the possibility of proposing its own candidate. However, no decision has been made on this matter yet.

Opposition party Harmony also plans to make its decision on this matter. Deputy Chairman of Harmony’s faction Valery Ageshin adds that the President has yet to announce his decision. When asked if Harmony could propose its own candidate, Ageshin said «Anything is possible.»

Head of Latvian Regional Alliance Dainis Liepiņš has said that the party has yet to formulate its position on this matter. It is possible that this party’s candidate may be Mārtiņš Bondars. Nevertheless, Liepiņš says the party has yet to hold discussions on this matter.

Inguna Sudraba of To Latvia from the Heart party has said that it is unethical to consider new candidates before the President expresses his own opinion. She adds that no discussions have been held in regard to new candidates and that such discussions may come no sooner than February. When asked if her party could propose its own candidate, Sudraba said it is too soon to say.

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  1. Ilmars says:

    The president of Latvia should be elected by the citizens, and not in dubious backroom deals by shonky politicians.
    The fact that only Lemsbergs party (UFG), supports Berzins is a matter for concern.
    Berzins is an oligarch who made a fortune in dodgy bank dealings at a lawless time. His support for Lemsbergs party joining government, and his refusal to interrupt his holidays when russia invaded crimea mean he is unfit to be Latvian president.
    At 75 years age, Berzins “use by date” is up anyway.
    The last thing that Latvia needs is a decrepit crook for a president.
    Oligarchs like Berzins and Lembergs should be in jail and not running the country, and Latvian presidents should be elected by the people.

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  2. jj says:

    I agree 100%.

    Not because of problems with Berzins (although I agree with a lot of what Ilmars writes), but because as a matter of principle it should be the citizens who elect the President and not the politicians.

    Even if Berzins was a brilliant president, it is the citizens who should decide whether or not he be re-elected (and obviously if he was brilliant, he would likely win :-) )

    (Additionally, surely there should be set a maximum age for President? Again, regardless of whether or not Berzins is any good, 75 really is starting to get a bit too old, as Ilmars writes.)

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