Half a year has passed since Latvian President Valdis Zatlers took the oath of office and received the keys to Riga Castle from his imposing predecessor, Vaira Vike-Freiberga. His election was highly controversial because of the way the government sprung this little-known surgeon with no political experience on the public and because of revelations about undeclared payments he had taken from his patients.Many people saw him as a weak placeholder who would inevitably be manipulated by the ruling coalition, in particular by its most influential member, the People's Party (TP). Its politic...
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