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Latvian Defense Minister is Only Presidential Candidate Left for Election

© AFP 2021 / SAUL LOEBLatvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Vejonis
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Incumbent Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis of the Green Party is now the sole candidate to become Latvia's next president, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Wednesday.

MOSCOW, June 3 (Sputnik) — Raimonds Vejonis will need to gain 51 percent of votes in the parliament to be elected.

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Three other candidates, opposition lawmakers Martins Bondars and Sergejs Dolgopolovs, and European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits, have been voted out.

After neither candidate gained the required 51 percent of votes in the first round earlier in the day, three more rounds were held, with candidates being eliminated one by one.

In the fourth round, Vejonis and Levits received 46 and 26 votes out of 100 votes, respectively.

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