The Keys ep25 Five Presidents of Latvia
The five presidents of Latvia after the restoration of independence.
Soon after Latvia had declared independence from the USSR, the newly elected Saeima restored the
Constitution of the Republic of Latvia to its full powers, which stipulates the three pillars of government. Along with the parliament and the cabinet, we now had to elect the head of state. Guntis Ulmanis was the first to take the office, and since him, Latvia has had four more presidents – Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Valdis Zatlers, Andris Bērziņš and Raimonds Vējonis.
Like any other servant of the people, the president is an employee. We, the voters and taxpayers, have
taken him or her on, and expect that certain duties will be performed. The role of the president of Latvia is mostly ceremonial, and one of the main duties is to represent the state on the international arena. This week’s episode looks at the various criteria important for the office of the president, and examines how its past holders have done in it. Do they deserve to be called true leaders?