Coalition parties to nominate Levits for Latvia’s president

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The government coalition parties have agreed to nominate European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits for Latvian president, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) after the coalition meeting on Monday.

He said that the coalition has agreed on one candidate and he does not see any reason for this candidate not to win the majority support at the parliament.

KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimins said that the party will not name its own candidate for the president, and there will be one candidate nominated by the coalition.

Kaimins said that he himself and several other KPV LV lawmakers will support Levits, while some other lawmakers might vote differently.

The National Alliance, the New Conservative Party and For Development/For already earlier had voiced support to Levits as the president.

The Saeima opposition parties might nominate their own candidates for the president’s post, but they have not named any yet.

Latvian presidential elections will take place later this spring.

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