President wants say in naming incoming Defense, Foreign Ministers

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Following the 13th Saeima election, political forces shaping the next coalition will have to arrange their Foreign and Defense Minister picks with the president, said Latvia's president Raimonds Vējonis appearing on LTV August 31.

He said that while Latvia is safer than ever, geopolitically speaking, at the same time it's noticeable in the pre-election time that the stable values and systems are being called into question.

Vējonis stressed that the next government leader should have western geopolitical leanings, just as the defense and foreign ministers should. 

"I have to have 100% certainty that the people put forth for these posts will preserve the euro-Atlantic course," he said.

He also said it's expected the next Saeima will continue reforms in education, healthcare and government administration.

The 13th Saeima election takes place October 6. Vējonis' own term runs out in 2019. 

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