September 21, 1996 |
Estonian President Lennart Meri defeated four challengers to win a second term and promised to use the victory to push for greater integration with the rest of Europe. Meri, a 67-year-old writer and historian, defeated former Communist Arnold Ruutel, 196-126, in the voting by an electoral college of lawmakers and local government workers. Meri needed 188 votes to win. Three other candidates were eliminated earlier in a first round of voting.
November 17, 1992 |
Five days into his term as the first post-Soviet president of Estonia, Lennart Meri found himself fixating on one thought: escape. "I already hate being president," the stately 62-year-old intellectual said, only half in jest, as he prepared for another 12-hour day of meetings. "What I would really like to do right now is curl up between my pillows with a cup of tea and read 'Huck Finn.' " A film director and nonfiction writer, Meri was tapped by Parliament last month to lead this nation of 1.
October 22, 1995 |
In the dark days of Stalinist rule, young Lennart Meri went to bed every night with headphones from his makeshift shortwave radio clamped to his head and Western broadcasts buzzing in his ears. "That radio was very important for me," said Meri, now president of this pro-reform ex-Soviet republic. "It meant I was never stranded. I always knew what was going on in the world."
January 22, 1993 |
Leaders of the 66-year-old Cornerstone Christian Church in Northridge are looking to a higher authority these days to help increase their flock. They are putting their faith in a billboard. It's the work of 7-year-old Ashley Nagin, whose artistic endeavor has proven to be a big draw. The church began life in 1927 in a building in Tarzana. By the 1970s, it was surrounded by apartments whose residents used the church parking lot as their own.
September 22, 1992 |
A center-right coalition of anti-Communist reformers won enough seats in Parliament to form a new government and select Estonia's first post-Soviet president, according to election results Monday. Voters gave the country's current president and former Communist Party chief, Arnold F. Ruutel, a wide lead Sunday in the Baltic nation's first elections since it won independence from the Soviet Union last year.
February 6, 1991 |
Estonian Foreign Minister Lennart Meri today said the Baltic republic is going ahead with voting on independence despite objections from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. He said Estonia and Lithuania will stage polls of their own before a nationwide Soviet vote March 17, which he dismissed as meaningless. "The Soviet poll, held under the Union referendum law, will not solve the Baltic problem even if 100% of the people in our republics vote for secession from the Union," Meri said.