Latvia: New president “more people-oriented”: political scientist

Latvia’s new president, Edgars Rinkevics, is “more people-oriented” than his predecessor, Egils Levits, Juris Rozenvalds, head of the Social and Political Studies Institute at the University of Latvia, said, LETA reports. Rozenvalds pointed out that Rinkevics had a sense of humour and was not as “preachy” as Levits. He noted that Rinkevics is popular among Latvians and has a potential to gain support among Russian-speakers as well. The first test will be related to the current problems in the coalition government, Rozenvalds added.