Vike-Freiberga wins second term

  • 2003-07-03
  • Ieva Tuna
RIGAIn what must have been one of the most predictable presidential elections in recent Baltic history, President Vaira Vike-Freiberga was re-elected for a second term in office in a June 20 vote in Parliament. Vike-Freiberga, whose current four-year term expires July 8, was elected by the 100-seat Saeima (Latvia's parliament) in a secret ballot. MPs cast a convincing 88 votes for the incumbent president, who was the only candidate.In addition, six deputies voted against, four abstained and two – for unexplained reasons - dropped empty envelops into the voting urn. "I am very grateful that ...
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