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Latvian Saeima loses hope of electing the new President in the first stage

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSeeing as how the ruling coalition in Latvia looks unable to reach an agreement in regard to a single presidential candidate, more and more people speak of losing hope of electing the next president in the first stage of elections.

Politicians and political experts doubt either of the two candidates from the coalition – Raimonds Vejonis and Egils Levits – will be elected in the first stage of presidential elections.

Up until now partners of the coalition emphasized greatly how important it is to reach an agreement on a single candidate. Nevertheless, multiple new candidates appeared this week. Partners of the coalition allow for the possibility of reaching selecting a single candidate after the first votes.

Politicians believe the most probable scenario would be to elect the next president in the second stage of elections with additional votes from the opposition. It is possible that one of the candidates to appear in the second stage of elections could be Latvia’s representative in NATO Maris Riekstins. It is also possible that some previously unknown candidate will emerge then.

Experts have multiple opinions on this. Prof. Ojars Skudra of the University of Latvia believes there will be several stages of presidential elections. There is also a possibility that none of the currently known candidates will be elected. Sociologist Aigars Freimanis and politologist Iveta Kazoka predict the highest chance of success to Vejonis.

Deputy Chairperson of the Union of Greens and Farmers Ingmars Lidaka believes the decision of the National Alliance to propose Egils Levits and not support Vejonis could make elections longer and less predictable.

Lidaka explains that Harmony had previously said it would provide support to a presidential candidate acceptable to the party. The National Alliance, on the other hand, strongly believes there is no suitable candidate all parties would agree on; even Harmony has chosen a candidate of its own. With that, elections will be long and unpredictable. It is possible that NA is interested in holding the second stage of elections, said the politician.

Unity leader Solvita Aboltina said that the current process has been compared to «parliamentary mathematics». But Unity and the Union of Greens and Farmers have 44 votes in the parliament. With NA, Unity would have 40 votes in the parliament. «This equation does not allow us to elect any of the announced candidates,» – adds Aboltina.

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