Zatlers presses for more powers

  • 2010-06-18
  • Oskars Magone

RIGA - Latvian President Valdis Zatlers has proposed expanded powers for the office of the president and changing the electoral system so that the head of state is appointed by a direct vote. 

Zatlers said he thought the presidential post should be expanded to include the right to appoint an Ombudsman, the Auditor General and the President of the national bank. He also said the president should have the power to dissolve parliament and call new elections without going through the process of a public referendum -- an expensive and notoriously difficult process.

The president also made several proposals for improving the country's election system.