Three confirmed for Latvian presidential shot

All three declared presidential candidates - European Court of Justice Judge Egils Levits, Chief Ombudsman Juris Jansons and MP Didzis Šmits (KPV LV party) – meet the legislative requirements and may run for the position, said Saeima mandates, ethics and submissions committee chairwoman Janina-Kursite Pakule (National Alliance) May 22.

Any person who enjoys full rights of citizenship and who has attained the age of forty years may be elected president. However presidential candidates may not have dual citizenship.

The candidate for the president may not have been an employee of the USSR, Latvian SSR or foreign security services, intelligence services or counter-intelligence services. The candidate may not have been a member of the Communist Party, International Front and other Soviet organizations after January 13, 1991.

The presidential vote at Saeima will take place on May 29.

Incumbent President Raimonds Vējonis is not seeking a second term.

You can read the biographies of all three contenders in our special summaries of Levits, Šmits and Jansons and you can find out about the revised voting procedure in our explanatory feature.

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