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Latvians propose a school teacher and a car service manager as presidential candidates

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvians have posted more than 100 names of potential presidential candidates over at Manabals.lv. Among potential candidates is a school teacher and car service manager.

There are also well-known public figures among proposed candidates – politicians, musicians and journalists, as noted by the portal’s manager Madara Peipina in her interview to Labrīt programme of Latvijas Radio.

She notes that residents have good reasons for proposing one or the other candidate.

As it is known, Manabalss.lv has launched the first stage of MansPrezidents.lv campaign. This campaign allows residents to submit their presidential candidate for discussion.

Organizers will open the second phase on April 20th. Candidates that receive support from deputies or political parties will be posted on the portal. The same applies to candidates that receive the majority of votes on the portal from residents. Starting from April 20th, residents will be able to cast virtual votes for proposed candidates over at ManaBalss.lv. This is a way to ask Saeima deputies to take into account the opinion of the people they have been elected to represent when choosing the next President of Latvia.

Piepina specifically said in her interview that this is not a movement in favour of a president elected by the people. It is an invitation to deputies to come up with a transparent and democratic election process.

«It will be a people’s response to the Saeima’s intention to elect the president in secret. We want to encourage deputies to secure a transparent and comprehensive election process. The election of presidents in Latvia has long since become a farce and theatre of the absurd. More than ever people want to discuss qualities the President of Latvia should possess. They also express dissatisfaction whenever candidates are proposed at the last minute. MansPrezidents.lv is a tool that will allow residents to support their own candidates. We will make sure their opinion is submitted directly to Saeima deputies,» – says Piepina.

BNN had previously reported that Andris Berzins has decided not to participate in the upcoming presidential elections in Latvia

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  1. Linda says:

    I hope whomever gets the post that they have a good grasp of foreign policy, is multilingual and is patriotic Latvian.

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    • Brian says:

      Yes, a Latvian patriot is a must.

      A person who will no longer tolerate those who support foreign governments to the detriment of Latvians.

      A person who will not tolerate corruption, so that income earned by Latvia goes to the people of Latvia, not the pockets of the oligarchs.

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