Elections are over and life must go on again in Latvia. The overheated atmosphere is still around us and the Latvian public must learn new modus vivendi now. The first press conference of the newly elected president was PR disaster and I wonder why wasn't there an interpreter and press secretary present?
Rather symbolically the incumbent president did not participate in the parliementary session because she was on her visit to Daugavpils. Thus, the successor in the presidential office did not get customary congatulations from the incumbent holder of the office. Allegations about the illegal payments received from the patients shall hang over the head of the doctor president unless he is going to be able to surpass his People's Party entourage and somehow also his own vices.
He has not written a doctoral dissertation and a person of his stature should feel it subconciously. Shall see, how the incumbent president shall behave, and, whether the subconconciouss underachievement is not going to deter him from his idealist plans to implement transparent and honest governance in Latvia. Anyway he has promised to settle his outstanding financial debts to the Latvian Internal revenue Service next week, and he bravely promised to bring an order to the payment system in the sphere of medicine until his oath of inauguration in July 8. Lets wait and see how successfull he would appear, and, wheter there is something concrete behind his somehow incoherent speech.
He has promised to tour Lithuanian and Estonian capitals in his first state visits and Toomas Hendrik Ilves already congratulated him. Yet, it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that coordinates presidential foreign visits, thus president's rush might be explained with his relative inexperience.
His entourage shall explain us in upcoming weeks how truly independent he will be. The society in Latvia is boiling and it will require titanic efforts from him to consolidate the society. It is not only along the ethnic lines the society is split today, but also along the socio-economic lines and intelligentsia and political elite relations in Latvia are at all time low. Huh, huh, shall see how all this rollercoaster Latvian politics would evolve until the popular referendum in July 7. Some folks say that 07.07.07 date is omenous, thus shall it be omenous also for demos in Latvia?