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Big intrigue – will all UGF members truly vote for Vejonis?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe biggest unknown in the state presidential elections equation is whether or not the Union of Greens and Farmers will stick to its promise and unanimously vote in favour of Raimonds Vejonis.

Even after Vejonis’ official nomination there were talks in the Saeima that it is unlikely Vejonis will receive support from all members of his faction. Doubts only strengthened the National Alliance’s dedication to propose its own candidate – Egils Levits, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

«We have turned to other parties, asking them to join us and support a candidate that is leagues ahead of everyone else,» – said NA Co-Chairperson Raivis Dzintars.

If there truly is a desire to undermine Vejonis’ chances, the addition of a new presidential candidate is the most convenient way to do this. Multiple factions have stated that Aivars Lembergs allegedly doesn’t want Vejonis to become President of Latvia. The two of them have clashed over the matter of NATO presence in Latvia.

«Of course,» replied Vejonis to the question whether or not he believes all UGF members will vote in his favour. «As far as I know, Lembergs had participated in the meeting [during which the nomination was made] and expressed his support. I have no reason to believe UGF has a different opinion about me,» – said Vejonis.

Unity initially promised to support Vejonis as well. This would provide him with 44 out of the necessary 51 votes. However, after NA’s decision to nominate Levits, Unity decided in favour of a free vote, as multiple members of the party expressed their wish to support Levits instead.

Unity leader Solvita Aboltina criticized both the National Alliance for nominating a candidate that is unlikely to collect the majority of votes and multiple members of Unity for their inability to stick with the party’s initial plans.

Presidential elections in Latvia will take place 3 June. Aside from Vejonis and Levits, there could also be Sergei Dolgopolov from Harmony, Martins Bondars from Latvian Regional Alliance and Gunars Kutris from To Latvia from the Heart.

«If the outcome of presidential elections turns out negative on 3 June, a second elections process will be organized. This could lead to the surfacing of dark horses chosen by the big boys from a zoo or some other place,» – says politologist Ivars Ijabs.

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