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Presidential candidate castling. Will Latvia be led by some «green man»?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhile the ruling coalition whispers the names of presidential candidates, an alternative has already been found behind the scenes; just in case the coalition fails to reach an agreement in regard to the appropriate candidate.

The media has been mentioning Vaira Vike-Freiberga’s name quite often lately. Time will tell how serious politicians really are with this support.

According to Ir magazine, Solvita Aboltina’s previous statement that Vika-Freiberga has a large degree of support within Unity may serve as a very strong signal. This especially applies to the situation when the goal of certain politicians is to make the first phase of the candidate selection process one big farce and simply put in the ‘right person’ after all fictive candidates have been declined.

The magazine points to multiple «secret» candidates and whether or not the announcement of their names is not merely a political move to open the path for the ‘real’ candidates in the second phase of presidential elections.

One thing is certain – the bar is set very high. More and more politicians talks about some ideal candidate that would «unite the people» and even compete with Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

According to Ir journalist Aivars Ozolins, the main intrigue is actually quite simple – whether or not the President will be someone from Harmony.

«[…] no matter how much Lembergs talks about his influence in Latvia’s politics, he does not have full control over the entire Union of Greens and Farmers, and if he even tries to get a candidate from UGF, Harmony or To Latvia from the Heart, this candidate will have to be supported by Harmony. Then the big question will be whether or not Latvia will be represented by a pro-Moscow ‘green man’ the next four years».

The journalist notes that «President Andris Berzins does not seem fit for this role from the perspective of Aivars Lembergs, for whom NATO soldiers are occupants, and Harmony, which has an agreement with Putin’s United Russia».

«We can only imagine which would be best for Moscow. And we can be certain that Kremlin will spare no resources. Any amount of funds provided for ‘Operation President’ would be much smaller than those for a large-scale military operation,» – said the journalist.

«Ass soon as Berzins announced he would not participate in presidential elections, Lembergs immediately announced three candidates – Janis Duklavs, Uldis Augulis and even Jelgava Mayor Andris Ravins.»

UGF’s «greens» proposed Raimonds Vejonis, who just might make it to become the coalition’s candidate, but only if he weren’t the country’s Defence Minister so disliked by Lembergs, said the journalist.

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