Adamkus forgot the people

  • 2003-01-09
  • Darius James Ross
Most Vilniusites, and I expect the majority of the readers of this paper, were shocked and dumbfounded when they learned that Valdas Adamkus was not going to be re-elected for a second term as Lithuania's president. I expect many people are now asking themselves why on earth Lithuanians would trade in a highly respected, proven leader like Adamkus – the man who is credited with NATO membership and Lithuania's EU invitation – for Rolandas Paksas, the laconic stunt pilot and motorcyclist with two short-lived and problem-plagued premierships behind him. When I told a colleague of mine that I w...
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