Two days prior to elections of President of Latvia the Saeima still busily discusses two possible outcomes: either the election of Raimonds Vejonis – the candidate from the Union of Greens and Farmers – or organize new elections. The latter outcome is possible if none of the official candidates are chosen by the parliament, as reported by lsm.lv with reference to LTV.
Latvian Regional Alliance has yet to decide what to do in case their candidate – Martins Bondars – drops out from elections, as mentioned by Bondars in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme.
«No one expects such a scenario to come true,» – said Bondars. He did say he hopes that all LRA deputies will support him even though the vote is a secret one and there is no way to say for certain how the votes will go.
LETA reports that Egils Levits and Martins Bondars have a similar opinion on matters like balanced regional development and education of Latgalian and Liv languages in school. This is confirmed by LRA Saeima faction Chairperson Dainis Liepins.
Levits supports the education of aforementioned languages in some municipal schools because of the importance of local dialects in Latvian culture, said Liepins. This Monday’s meeting with LRA was shorter than meetings with other presidential candidates. This is because Levits’ opinion on certain matters was expressed during multiple previous public discussions.
As it is known, Saeima parties had met with all officially nominated presidential candidates recently. Deputy Chairperson of Saeima faction of Union of Greens and Farmers Ingmars Lidaka noted that both Sergei Dolgopolov from Harmony and Egils Levits did not come to their meetings with intentions of advertising themselves, because they knew well that UGF will support its own candidate – Raimonds Vejonis. Nevertheless, talks with candidates revealed there are no conflicts of opinion between UGF and those candidates. During the meeting with Dolgopolov, deputies discussed matters regarding social cohesion. With Levits, UGF discussed matters of sorting out the country’s legislative system. Lidaka added that he was impressed by the candidates and expressed his joy that this presidential campaign is carried out by the principle «either good or nothing at all».
The National Alliance met with Latvian Regional Alliance’s presidential candidate Martins Bondars and UGF’s candidate – Raimonds Vejonis. Member of the board of NA Imants Paradnieks said the conversation with candidates was constructive. However, NA had made up its mind in regard to this matter some time ago. It was necessary to meet with candidates in order to make decisions in regard to actions in the event of Levits dropping out of elections. Nevertheless, Paradnieks was reluctant to predict whether or not NA could support Vejonis.
Harmony met with Bondars and Levits. The head of Harmony’s faction, Janis Urbanovics, said after the meeting that «both candidates were good in their own way». The politician also said positive things about Vejonis. When asked if the party could potentially vote in favour of Levits or Vejonis, Urbanovics said: «I don’t know what Harmony might do in the event of not being able to vote for Sergei Dolgopolov.» He noted that the faction will hold meetings on Election Day in order to decide on future action.
LRA only met with Vejonis on Wednesday. The party concluded that the proposed candidate «goes with LRA’s programme» in elections, because he stands in favour of state security, social security and economic development, said LRA’s Saeima faction lead Dainis Liepins. The candidate and LRA agree that the next regional reform should be voluntary. However, Liepins emphasized that LRA will support its own candidate – Martins Bondars. Should their candidate drop out from elections for one reason or another, the party will make decisions in a specific situation.
Deputies of To Latvia from the Heart met with all candidates. Inguna Sudraba noted that candidates were well aware of the party’s decision not to support any candidate. Nevertheless, deputies listened to Vejonis, Dolgopolov, Levits and Bondars opinion regarding the future of Latvia. In the end, the meeting was productive, said Sudraba.
Unity did not meet with any candidate on Wednesday because the party had previously interviewed Levits and Vejonis. Unity will have a free vote, which means all members of the party are free to choose between Levits and Vejonis.