Paksas the pilot

  • 1999-05-20
  • By Rokas M. Tracevskis
Perhaps it's just coincidence, but Lithuania's new prime minister, Rolandas Paksas, celebrates his birthday the same day - June 10 - as his predecessor, Gediminas Vagnorius.Both men were born in the Samogitia region of western Lithuania, though Paksas speaks a more formal, literary-style Lithuanian, while Vagnorius' speech is spiced with traces of Samogitian dialect.But when it comes to popularity ratings between the two men, the similarities end. Paksas, also a famous stunt pilot, was one of the most popular politicians in the country as mayor of Vilnius, while Vagnorius had lately been at...
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