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Latvian President Re-Elected To Second Term


Riga, 20 June (RFE/RL) -- Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga (pictured) was re-elected today to a second four-year term, with 88 deputies voting for and six against in the Baltic country's 100-member parliament. The re-election of Vike-Freiberga had not been in doubt as she ran unopposed for the office. She worked during her first term to gain invitations for her ex-Soviet republic to the European Union and NATO.

Vike-Freiberga says one of her major tasks will be to ensure that Latvians approve the country's entry into the European Union in a referendum in September.

Latvia and nine other countries are due to join the EU in May. Latvia is due to also join NATO next year.

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