Latvia’s new president


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Raimonds Vejonis – Latvia’s new president.

Capping a long and trying day in parliament, the sole remaining candidate for president – Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis (Green Party).

In the fifth vote this evening, emerged victorious, with 55 votes putting him over the top.

The Latvian Green Party is a green political party in Latvia. It was founded on 13 January 1990 and is a member of the European Green Party.

Unusual for a Green party in Europe, the LZP has always been considered a centre-right party.

He will assume the office of President, succeeding Andris Berzins. 44 MPs voted against Vejonis in the final vote, while one voting ticket was deemed invalid and one MP did not participate in the vote.4

Current President Andris Berzins’ third term in office ends on July 7.

Vejonis will become the fifth Latvian president since the restoration of independence and ninth ever in Latvia’s history.

The President of Latvia is head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Republic of Latvia.

The term of office is four years. Before 1997, it was three years. He or she may be elected any number of times, but not more than twice in a row.

In the event of the vacancy in the office of the President, the Speaker of the Saeima assumes the duties of the President.

For example, after the death of Jānis Čakste the Speaker of the Saeima, Paul Kalnins, was acting president briefly in 1927, before a new President could be elected.

Latvian (2015.04. June) Raimonds Vējonis will be a good president!



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