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Saeima to elect Latvia President on June 2

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia  presidential elections will be held on June 2, the Saeima Presidium decided today, May 30.

The draft decision on the Latvian presidential elections is included on the Saeima agenda as the ninth issue after three judges’ appointment to the post.

Two presidential candidates have been put forward – the current President Valdis Zatlers and Andris Berzins, ex-banker and Saeima deputy.

Zatlers was nominated by 33 deputies from the Unity (Vienotība) faction and eight deputies from the opposition association For Good Latvia (Par labu Latviju) faction.

However, after Zatlers’s speech on May 28, announcing the Saeima dissolution, the three deputies from the People’s Party (Tautas partija), which is included in For Good Latvia, have already stated they will not support Zatlers at the presidential elections. While the party LFP/ LW deputies are yet to decide at a board meeting whether to support Zatlers’ candidacy.

The Saeima deputy, ex-banker Andris Berzins is nominated by five Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība, GFU) faction’s deputies: Jānis Vucāns, Iveta Grigule, Aivars Dronka, Kārlis Seržants and Staņislavs Šķesters.

The Constitution stipulates the President of Latvia has to be a Latvian citizen, who has attained the age of 40 years. People with dual citizenship cannot be elected as the President of Latvia.

The President’s post cannot be combined with any other post. If a person elected as the President is a member of the Saeima, he or she has to relinquish the Saeima member authority.

One and the same person cannot fulfill President’s duties for more than eight consecutive years.

At least 51 deputies’ votes are necessary to elect the President of Latvia.

The nominated candidates will be voted at secret ballot with ballot papers.

If during the first round of elections, no candidate wins the required number of votes, all candidates will be voted on for the second time. If still nobody is elected, the elections will continue, excluding in the subsequent round the candidate with least votes gained in the previous election round. Elections continue until one of the candidates obtains the number of votes necessary for election.

If in the last round of presidential elections no candidate attains the necessary number of votes, new elections will take place. Candidacies for new elections must be named no later than five days after the final election round.

The Saeima Presidium has to convene a parliamentary session on the new presidential elections no earlier than ten days and no later than 15 days after the final round.

If in the last round of a new election no candidate obtains the necessary number of votes, new elections will be held repeatedly.

Zatlers’ presidential mandate will end on July 7, 2011.


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  1. Robert C says:

    Can’t wait for the results..

  2. AC says:

    Let’s see how much the A-team is willing to pay for the votes…..

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