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Raimonds Vejonis elected President of Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Wednesday, 3 June, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis was elected by the Saeima as President of Latvia. His competitors in the fight for the aforementioned post were Egils Levits from the National Alliance, Martins Bondars from Latvian Regional Alliance and Harmony’s Sergei Dolgopolov.

According to unofficial information, 55 deputies of the Saeima voted in favour of Vejonis, 42 voted against and one voting sign was invalid.

Vejonis worked as Latvia’s Environmental Minister for several years and has been the country’s Defence Minister since 2014. He was elected to the Saeima from UGF’s list multiple times in the past. He is also the Co-Chairman of Latvia’s Green Party. Prior to his entry into national politics, Vejonis worked as a deputy in Madona City Council and member of the board of Skulte port. Up until 2002, Vejonis worked as the Director of Lielriga Environmental Administration.

Vejonis has said his priorities in the post of President of Latvia would be national unity, national identity, patriotism and social justice.

BNN had previously reported 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.

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  1. Ilmars says:

    Given that the vote was 55 for, and 42 against, this is hardly a ringing endorsement vof Vejonis.
    The MansPrezidents.lv poll showed Vejonis to be the 6th choice out of the 7 candidates listed ie. Vejonis would never have won in an open democratic election.
    Vejonis is a political hack who only became president because of an undemocratic system.
    And what of his connections to Lemsbergs. Vejonis’s greens party is in political union with Lemsbergs party UGF. Given that Lemsbergs supports the russian invasion of Crimea, what influence will Lemsbergs have on Vejonis.
    Latvia is run by crooks.

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