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Berzins performance - better than expected

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Latvia President Andris Berzins

“The new president of Latvia Andris Berzins might not be that public-oriented as Valdis Zatlers, but we are not hearing any bad remarks about his suits and hairstyle either,” Ilga Kreituse, dean of Riga Stradins University, told BNN, when commenting upon Berzins first months’ performance.

“I can also relate to his attitude towards life seen in his decision not to live in Jurmala president residence. He has been acting correctly and professionally. Let’s see what team he gathers because a lot depends also on that. Although Berzins activities in foreign affairs will not be as bright as the ones of the ex-president Vaira Vike Freiberga, most likely during the next four years we will have a very balanced president,” she says.

Juris Rozenvalds, professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences Political Science programme, told the news portal BNN that he is approving of Berzins performance more than it was expected before the elections.

He points out that given the contradictions in the election process and the fact Berzins was nominated at the last moment, his activities are still balanced and calm. “They do not give room to any doubt that arose before he was elected president,” he says.

Also politic scientist Ivars Ijabs believes that judging from what Berzins has said and done during the first months of his presidential term, Latvia might have an adequate president in the future. “Berzins, as opposed to the previous president, is deeply acquainted with politic matters and is not afraid of being unpopular,” Ijabs says.

The expert points out he approves of Berzins performance, however, he adds that the real game will start when the president has to name the next prime minister and take part in forming the government.

“I believe he will first consider candidates themselves and only then the number of votes their parties will have gathered,” Ijabs adds.

While Ilze Ostrovska, Associate Professor at the Baltic International Academy, told BNN that she is not having any assessment on Berzins performance, because there have been mere ordinary presidential activities with a representative function.

“I could assess him after a year,” she says.

News portal BNN already reported Berzins took office on July 8.

He was elected in the 10th Saeima from the list of Greens and Farmers Union, which had also nominated him for the post of Riga Mayor.

Upon taking up the post, Berzins declared he has lent about a million lats. He also owns 32 land plots in Kolka, Glūdas, Drabeši, Nītaure, Varieši, Zaube, Vecpiebalga, Ļaudona, Limbaži, Krimulda, Līgatne, Ķekava, Amata, Ādaži and Garkalne district. Berzons also owns an apartment in Riga.

Similarly, the President of Latvia also has considerable cash reserves and a number of vehicles.

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