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Latvia Voted, Too

Like Lithuania, Latvia also elected a new president. Unlike in Lithuania, where this was the decision of citizens, these were Saeima deputies in Latvia, who made the decision on 29 May 2019.

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.


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