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President Easily Wins a Second Term

The World | IN BRIEF / LATVIA

June 21, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Vaira Vike-Freiberga easily won a second term as president of Latvia, the pro-Western Baltic republic that under her leadership has been invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

Latvia's 100-seat Parliament, or Saeima, voted 88-6 to let the 65-year-old leader serve another four years. Two ballots were disqualified, and four lawmakers were absent.

Vike-Freiberga's victory was never in doubt, analysts said, given her popularity.

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