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Shrinking Zatlers re-election chances

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The leading party of the government of Latvia Unity (Vienotība) has discussed the former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe Freiberga’s return to the post, while so far none of the parties has invited the current President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers to run for the second presidential term, according to TV3 broadcast Nekā Personīga.

The political party Greens and farmers (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība) chairman Augusts Brigmanis points out Zalters himself is not demonstrating any initiative that he would like to keep the post at all, he should meet with the parties, see the situation. This process should be mutual, he believes.

Unity, whose votes Zatlers was likely to gather, started to doubt his re-election openly, because once nominating the current President one must be sure of his re-election chances, the Saeima Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa said.

According to unofficial Unity statements, Zatlers was not that good president after all, as not to look for a better one. In making his contribution to foreign matters Zatlers «envelope case» with extra money slipped to doctors is given among obstacles interfering with his relationship with Scandinavia, thus he mostly focused on Eastern countries. Similarly, informal information from the part of Greens and Farmers suggests Zatlers as a President has not been thankful enough to those who once nominated him. Given all this, the proportion of the politicians ready to express support for Zalters candidature is far more smaller, according to the broadcast.

Harmony Center (Saskaņas centrs) faction head Jānis Urbanovičs assures all candidatures have already found their way to political parties a long time ago. We know them all. It is now the process of coordinating, he says.

Latvia Auditor General Inguna Sudraba, euro commissioner Andris Piebalgs, the former Foreign Affairs Minister Aivis Ronis, EU Court of Justice judge Egils Levits, For Good Latvia and Latvian ambassador to NATO Māris Riekstins and Greens and Farmers representative, former Saeima Speaker Gundars Daudze are given among the possible candidatures. However, almost all of them have already refused running for the post, except for Daudze and Sudraba. The latter does, though, assure she has not been addressed yet.

These are those 100 heads in the Saeima and specific political parties to take decisions. It does not even depend on the person running for the post that much. So it is at the moment difficult for me to make clear whether I would be ready to do that, because I hardly comprehend conditions stipulating the choice of a particular candidature, Sudraba says.


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  1. Hans says:

    If Zatlers himself hesitates about re-election, why bother nominating him?

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