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Latvian parliament not in a hurry to support president Vejonis for a second term

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPolitical parties represented in the Saeima are not eager to support President Raimonds Vējonis for his remainder for a second term.

National Alliance chairman Raivis Dzintars notes that it is currently unknown if Vējonis intends to try for a second term as president of Latvia. «If Egils Levits decides to become a candidate, the National Alliance would vote for him. Raimonds Vējonis is a good, respectable and smart politician, but I don’t think he is an appropriate person to perform the duties that come with being Latvia’s president. National Alliance would not support him if he decided to go for a repeated term,» said Dzintars.

Unity’s Saeima faction leader Hosams Abu Meri says presidential elections are next year, and the new Saeima will have to deal with it. He added that there will be parliamentary elections before then, and because of that Unity has yet to decide on a possible president candidate. Abu Meri allowed that his party may offer its own candidate. He also stressed that it is important for the Saeima to accept amendments that would allow open election of the state president.

The Union of Greens and Farmers Saeima faction leader Augusts Brigmanis told Latvijas Avīze that first it is necessary to find out for sure if Vējonis wants to go for a second term. He added that most recent events and news imply that his chances aren’t very promising. Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis told journalists that there is no reason to criticize Vējonis for the way he performs his duties and solves domestic policy matters.

Harmony’s Saeima faction leader Jānis Urbanovičs says a little less than a year is left until presidential elections. Because of that, he said, it would not be right to guess. The politician said «a lot of ideas will appear and die in that period of time».

He believes it would be fair and correct if every party named a person they would like to see become president. Urbanovičs refrained from predicting Harmony’s future actions after the party’s previous candidate – Pēteris Sproģis – decided to withdraw his candidacy.

Latvia’s Association of Regions has yet to make up its mind about any specific candidates, said LAR Saeima faction leader Nellija Kleinberga. She mentioned that her party did not support Vējonis in the last elections. She also said her party believes the president should be elected through an open vote.

LAR plans to decide on picking a candidate after Saeima elections. The party believes it is important to pick a person who would enjoy support from the majority of residents.

Saeima deputy and chairperson of To Latvia from the Heart Inguna Sudraba says the party’s position can be explained in relation to an already approved candidate, but Vējonis has yet to announce his decision. The politician said her party will have its own candidate. She did not say who exactly, only mentioned that there is no need to rush things with announcements.


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