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Ulmanis: political market for presidential post has already begun – Lembergs leads it

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to Guntis Ulmanis, the first President of Latvia after restoration of its independence, the main candidates for the post of president are Latvia’s representative in NATO Maris Riekstins, European Community Court judge Egils Levits, MEP Artis Pabriks and Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, as reported by lsm.lv.

«We can expect a good competition brewing with Riekstins – I’d call him candidate Nr.1 – Levits, Pabriks and Vejonis. I’d also like to name Auzins, because the academic class is very important,» – said Ulmanis in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

He called the current presidential candidates appropriate for the post they intend to take. Ulmanis also mentioned MEP Sandra Kalniete as a good potential candidate.

When asked whether or not residents can expect to see a political market for the post of President of Latvia, Ulmanis said this market already exists, and is led by Aivars Lembergs. All parties are interested in the post of the president. «It would be naïve to believe any party would just give up the president to another party. […] It is somewhat naïve to hope it will be possible to find a new president while smiling. Smiles there may be, but we never know what hides under those smiles,» – he said.

Ulmanis noted that Latvia needs a middle-aged person as president. He admits he does not want to see Vaira Vike-Freiberga in this post again. He also doubts she wants to return. He himself would decline the offer.

As it is known, Andris Berzins has decided not to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.

A handful of potential candidates are known at the moment: rector of the University of Latvia Marcis Auzins, MEP Sandra Kalniete, diplomat Maris Riekstins and the only officially announced candidate Martins Bondars from the Latvian Regional Alliance.

Parties that form the ruling coalition in Latvia promise to find a candidate that would suit all sides. The coalition has come with an announcement that judge Egils Levits, who had been previously mentioned as one of the potential candidates, will most likely be refused.

The presidential elections in Latvia could take place at the end of May or beginning of June.

The deadline for the submission of an official candidate proposal to the Saeima Praesidium is 45 days prior to the end of term of the ruling President.

The election of the State President in Latvia is carried out in a closed manner. If none of the proposed candidates receive the required number of votes, the second stage of elections is to take place no later than ten days after elections. The candidate needs support of 51 deputies in order to be elected.

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  1. Ilmars says:

    The choice of the latvian president has become an extension of the political party process, with most parties nominating party members.
    The likely winner in a genuine democratic election, Sandra Kalniete, has not been nominated by any political party and she wont even make it to the starting blocks.
    As for the so-called “consultations” with the public and ngo’s, then latvian politicians are a pack of liars.
    No notice whatsoever has been taken of public opinion.

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