With 61 votes for and 32 votes against, Egils Levits became a new President-elect. This is the second time Levits was proposed as a candidate for this position. In 2015, he lost against Raimonds Vējonis.
Egils Levits is a political scientist, lawyer and politician. Born in 1955, he, as a teenager, moved with his parents to Germany at the beginning of the 1970s. However, at the end of the 1980s, he came back to Latvia to be able to shape a new (still not) independent state. Levits was one of the authors of the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, which was adopted on 4 May 1990. He also served as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Egils Levits will be officially assuming his new position from 8 July 2019.