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President of Latvia



The President of Latvia is the head of the Latvia Government. Valdis Zatlers, who is the present President of Latvia, won the Presidential Election of Latvia and became the president on 8th of July, 2007. Valdis Zatlers is the 7th elected President of Latvia.

Eligibility of the President of Latvia

Latvia is a parliamentary type of Government. It is mentioned in the Constitution of Latvia that the President is to be elected by the Latvia Parliament for a period of four years. The President of Latvia is elected by the method of secret ballot. It is important that a contesting candidate should get more than 51 votes from the members of the parliament to become the President of Latvia. Any legal citizen of Latvia, who has crossed the age of forty, can contest for the post of President. A President can serve in the position for a maximum period of eight years.

Rights and Duties of the President of Latvia

The President is required to take the oath on the very first session that he or she will fulfill all the necessary duties with full devotion and dedication. The Latvia President also acts as the head of the Armed Forces of the country. The President has the right to declare war on being advised by the Parliament. The President of Latvia has the right to take all the necessary steps to maintain peace and order in the country, with the consent of the Saeima. The President also exercises the power to forgive a person who has been given death sentence under special law.

The President of Latvia is the International Representative of the country.

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