The modest return of a national icon

  • 1999-02-25
  • Philip Birzulis
RIGA - Dainis Ivans' honest and down-to-earth leadership of the Latvian Popular Front made him a hero in the late '80s, and the respect only increased when he quietly retired after independence was won. His recent announcement that he had joined the Social Democrats therefore caused a stir.However, it is perhaps typical of the man that his political comeback is meant to avoid controversy. He denied that he aspires to any high office but does want to put an end to various parties touting him as a potential candidate."It has been very unpleasant that they have used my popularity to raise thei...
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