Saturday, June 02, 2007

And the winner of Latvian presidential election is?

On his blog, Marko Mihkelson, an Estonian politician, says that the true winner is... Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia. Quote:
Now we can safely say that, after Vīķe-Freiberga leaving [the post of the Latvian president], Toomas Hendrik Ilves will become the most knowledgable leader in Baltics and, more broadly in Central and Eastern Europe. And maybe even in Scandinavia.
I essentially agree with that. I still hope our new president Zatlers turns out well. But he might not be a match for Ilves.

Mikhelson's remarks were quoted by several Latvian news websites and had an interesting effect on the readers (judging by the comments sections there). Valdis Zatlers was getting a lot of criticism. But, once the people read what Mikhelson said... they started to rally behind Zatlers. Nothing brings Latvians together as well as criticism from Estonia...