- Zatlers has visited State Revenue Service, to settle the taxes on cash gifts that he, as a doctor, received from his patients. State Revenue Service has also called other doctors to pay taxes on their gifts. So far, only three other doctors have responded. Meanwhile, the public debate on appropriateness of those gifts is continuing at full speed.
- Shortly before the election, our current president Vaira Vike-Freiberga accused the ethnically-Russian party Saskanas Centrs of being disloyal to Latvia (my guess: she meant they are being funded by Putin's administration). Saskanas Centrs threatened to sue her for libel. Vike-Freiberga claimed that she has a classified information that Saskanas Centrs is disloyal and refused to make it public. We have not heard about a possible Saskanas Centrs lawsuit since then.
- The Delna organization that organized the anti-Zatlers demonstration near the Latvian parliament during the presidential vote is looking for donations. The demonstration of 500-1000 people had cost 20,000 euros to organize! Those protests are expensive...
- Someone has created an unofficial Zatlers homepage at valdiszatlers.com and offers to sell the domain to the highest bidder. The website contains three paragraphs on Zatlers and his picture. Amusingly, half of the text has been copied word-by-word from this post on my weblog.
- Social Democratic party is gathering signatures in support of a referendum that would change the Latvian constitution and make the president elected directly by people, rather than by the parliament. But now, after our parliament voted for the less popular of the two candidates two weeks ago, its chances of passing are higher than ever!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Latvian presidential election, two weeks later
The two weeks since Valdis Zatlers became the next Latvian president have been quite predictable: