2019 Latvian presidential election

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Indirect presidential elections were held in Latvia on 29 May 2019.

Voting system[edit]

Before the first round of the presidential election, the political parties represented in the Saeima nominate their candidate.[1]

The president is elected in the first round if he receives the absolute majority of the deputies, i.e. 51 votes out of 100.[1]

In case of failure, a second round is organized with the same candidates and under the same conditions. If no one is elected, the two candidates who come first are qualified for a third round, and the one who receives 51 votes becomes President of Latvia. The president of the Saeima chairs the electoral college.[1]

In case of failure, the procedure is restarted.[1]

Elections[edit]

Candidates for the position of President of LatviaEgils Levits, Juris Jansons and Didzis Šmits (from left to right)

Latvia's parliament elected former European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits as the Baltic country's next president on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that also brings with it limited political powers.

The results of the vote were as follows:[2][3]

Having received 61 votes, Levits will serve four years starting on July 8, when incumbent president Raimonds Vējonis' term comes to an end.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "FACTBOX - Presidential Election Procedure In Latvia". UrduPoint. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Egils Levits elected as President of Latvia". Baltic News Network. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Saeima chooses Egils Levits as new State President". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Latvian parliament elects former judge Levits president". May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019 – via www.reuters.com.