On June 17, Latvia's Parliament will begin a drawn-out process to chose a new president. At this stage, just one thing seems certain – whoever gets the nod will have a big pair of shoes to fill.It took him some time to grow into his job, but Guntis Ulmanis has provided solid leadership for Latvia through turbulent times and proven that the system, wherein the Parliament rather than the people chose the head of state, can select a person who rises admirably to the occasion. But the runup to this year's race has seen a lot more gutter politicking than high-minded principle. A case in point is...
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