President Levits delivers departure speech

To mark the end of his four-year presidency, the departing President Egils Levits has published a speech addressing the Latvian people on July 7.

He thanked the people of Latvia for giving him the opportunity to serve for four years.

Levits said that the role of the President of Latvia, according to the Constitution, is to promote the existence of free, democratic and 'Latvian' Latvia through time.

“For a Latvian Latvia, where the remnants of the Soviet occupation no longer have a place,” Levits said.

The President has also stood for the official language, for education in Latvian, for a unified history narrative of Latvia, for the recognition of our resistance heroes, and for the Latvian legacy in our historic lands.

Levits regarded Latvia's security as the most important task of the presidency, he said.

Levits also stated that education and science are “the foundation of tomorrow's Latvia. I am for a smart society. Responsible civil society. For a society that has value in its own country,” Levits said.

In his opinion, the interests of Latvians, Latvian citizens and the country always prevail. The Latvian identity must be maintained, and Latvia's future must be created in the western value and cultural space, Levits said.

“I thank the people of Latvia for giving me the opportunity to serve Latvia for four years as President of Latvia,” Levits said in conclusion.

On July 7, his last day in office, he is due to lay flowers at the Freedom Monument, deliver a speech about the Latvian language at the National Library and visit Ādaži military base.  

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