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Presidential elections: Vejonis is a mere five votes away from becoming President

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In the fourth Saeima vote to elect the next President of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis received 46 votes and Egils Levits Received 26, according to provisional results.

On top of that, 26 deputies of the Saeima voted against both of them.

This means the Saeima has failed to elect the president in the fourth vote. With that, the only remaining candidate is Vejonis.

Rumours behind the scenes suggest Vejonis may yet be elected President of Latvia, as reported by lsm.lv.

Sergei Dolgopolov – presidential candidate from Harmony – dropped out of elections in the third vote. He received a total of 23 votes in the third vote in the Saeima. Because he has received the least amount of votes, he is forced to drop out from the race.

With that, there are now only two candidates – Raimonds Vejonis nad Egils Levtis.

According to unofficial vote results, Vejonis received 35 votes and Levits – 26.

In his interview to LTV, Dolgopolov said that his party – Harmony – has decided not to support any of the two remaining candidates. If the government decides to hold a repeat election, there will be new talks. If the party asks him to participate in the next elections, he will think about it, as reported by lsm.lv.

Harmony’s current position is not to support either of the two remaining candidates, said Harmony deputy Andrejs Elksnins in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Latvian Regional Alliance deputy Artuss Kaimins emphasized that he didn’t vote for any candidate: «I voted against, against and against. Against Dolgopolov, against Levits and against Vejonis. I don’t trust all of them.» He added that LRA could nominate Bondars a second time for the second stage of elections. «My powers of clairvoyance allow me to predict that it is unlikely that the Saeima will elect the next president this day. We will likely have to nominate Bondars a second time,» – said Kaimins.

As previously reported, the second vote in presidential elections resulted in 34 votes for Raimonds Vejonis, 25 votes for Egils Levits, 24 votes for Sergei Dolgopolov and only 7 votes for Martins Bondars.

Six Saeima deputies voted against all presidential candidates, as reported by lsm.lv. This means the Saeima has failed to elect the next President of Latvia in the second vote of elections.

Because Bondars received the least number of votes in the first vote, he was forced to drop out first.

As it is known, the Saeima failed to elect the next President of Latvia in the first vote as well.

As previously reported by vote-counters, 34 votes had been cast in favour of Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis in the first vote. Egils Levits had been given 24 votes, Sergei Dolgopolov – 23 and Martins Bondars – 7.

Leading candidates, especially Levits, were promised larger support prior to elections. It seems that only Bondars has been supported in full by his faction.

Because none of the candidates received at least 51 votes, a second vote will be organized later. If the second vote ends the same way, elections will continue with exclusion of the candidate that received the smallest number of votes. If it is not possible to elect the next president under such conditions, new elections will have to be organized in the next ten to fifteen days.

The presidential elections are carried out through a secret vote with vote signs.

Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee had previously said that all official candidates comply with requirements of the State President Election Law.

Initially, the ruling coalition had agreed to search for a candidate that would suit all parties. This, however, failed. The initiative was taken by the Union of Greens and Farmers, who decided to nominate Vejonis as the party’s official candidate. Unity had initially expressed support for Vejonis, but the National Alliance then decided to nominate Egils Levits. The party also asked other deputies to support this step.

The entire UGF faction promises to support Vejonis and NA – Levits. Unity plans to support the candidate that will continue the competition after initial drop-outs. UGF had previously said that they would not support Levits in elections. NA, on the other hand, is not as strict on this matter. However, leaders of the party are not in a hurry to support Vejonis. NA said if Levits drops out of elections, the party will decide what to do next together with him.

The opposition parties promise to support only to their own candidates. Harmony will support Dolgopolov. Should he drop out of elections, the party will oppose all other candidates. Latvian Regional Alliance has nominated Martins Bondars as the party’s official candidate. Because he is largely supported only by members of his own party, it is likely he will drop out first. Should he drop out from elections, LRA will no longer participate in votes. To Latvia from the Heart had previously said the party would not support any of the nominated candidates.

Politicians admit that it is hard to predict the outcome of presidential elections, considering the secret vote. It is believed Vejonis has the highest chance of being elected.

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