President must not be elected with decisive support from pro-Kremlin parties - Levits

  • 2023-04-18
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia's next president must not be elected with decisive support from pro-Kremlin parties, incumbent President Egils Levits told LETA on Tuesday without revealing if he will be seeking a second term in this year's presidential elections. 

As reported, the National Alliance has decided to nominate incumbent President Levits for reelection for on more term in office. New Unity has also pledged support for Levits' candidacy.

Levits thanked the National Alliance and New Unity for placing their trust in him and for the high evaluation of his job performance. The president said that at a time when a war is raging in Europe "we must be faithful to our partners" and put national security first. 

"We have influenced Europe's security policy, and in my opinion, those people who have been doing this should continue to do this job," the president said, hinting at his contribution. 

As reported, Uldis Pilens, a businessman and founder of the United List party, is so far the only candidate to announce his bid for the Latvian presidency. Apart from the United List, his candidacy has been endorsed by several opposition politicians, but he still cannot be sure that a majority of lawmakers will support him in the elections.

Levits, too, does not have enough votes in the Saeima to get reelected, as the United List stands by its own candidate.

The Saeima is scheduled to elect Latvia's next president on the last day of May.

Levits was first elected Latvia's president in 2019.