THE MORE THINGS CHANGE....

  • 2003-01-09
Lithuanian voters who guaranteed a surprising and abrupt end to Valdas Adamkus' presidential career by plumping last weekend for "change" are unlikely to get very much of it.That's because President-elect Rolandas Paksas will have just as much power as his predecessor —- hardly any. Lithuania's constitution, like Latvia's and Estonia's, proscribes a purely ceremonial role for the head of state. The president has influence in forming new governments, and the most energetic and effective ones —- Estonia's Lennart Meri comes to mind —- try to use the prestige of their office to shape governmen...
 
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