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Diena - Latvia | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Latvia wants a president who speaks English

The Latvian parliament elects a new president on June 3. Of the four candidates Defence Minister Raimond Veijonis and ECJ judge Egils Levtis have the best chances of winning. The liberal daily Diena explains what this little country expects of its president: "We all want so very much for the new president not to be provincial so we ourselves can avoid being provincial. Again and again, we hear how particularly important for us it is that the new president has good English skills. Because the more languages you speak, the more information sources you can make use of, and - at least in theory - the broader your perspective will be. … But the main thing is that the new president isn't just concerned about this coveted title, but also about his fellow citizens."

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