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Egils Levits optimistic about his chances becoming Latvia’s president

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresidential candidate and European Court of Justice Judge Egils Levits is optimistic about his chances of becoming Latvia’s next president.

In an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds, Levits said that if Latvia has a fair policy, a majority of votes for him is guaranteed.

As an additional positive fact that could ensure fair voting and his approval as president, Levits mentioned the fact that for the first time in Latvia’s history the Saeima will vote for the president openly this year.

Levits has yet to meet with Saeima’s opposition parties. Nevertheless, he believes it would be good if the opposition supported him. «If the opposition provided support, it would benefit all. The final word, however, belongs to parties forming the majority,» he said.

He believes an excellent president for Latvia would be someone open to the entire nation. «This means even though the president is elected by the majority of the Saeima, he still represents the entire nation,» the presidential candidate explains his vision, adding that the president should represent the nation’s interests in a long-term perspective and be able to consolidate opinions. The country’s president cannot make decisions, but he can convince others to plan further into the future. Parties, on the other hand, often decide to work with short-term interests, says Levits.

He says he is well-aware of Latvia’s situation thanks to the specifics of his job – perhaps «better than some people living in their bubble». «I know rather well what people and my relatives think about political elite,» adds Levits.

The EU court judge also mentioned that the president’s main tools include the art of speech and the ability to consolidate opinions. This is why he intends to use these tools the most if he becomes president.

As for possible changes to legislation, Levits mentioned that the priority matter should be resolving the problem with information space. This would require improving legislation in relation to public media. «Judging from recent events, I would say this is topical,» said Levits, adding that he believes Latvia’s public media legislation should adopt the practice employed by European countries.


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  1. Justs says:

    Shouldn’t a Latvian be your president? Not the child of a Bolshevik with no loyalty to Latvia whatsoever? Does he have dual citizenship?

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