One hundred years since Latvia's first President was elected

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November 14, 2022, is exactly one hundred years since the first President of Latvia was elected by the first Saeima as the fledgling republic found its feet. Jānis Čakste was elected President on November 14, 1922.

Ten months earlier, on February 15, 1922, the Constitutional Assembly adopted the basic law of the Republic of Latvia – the Constitution. 

To mark the occasion, on November 12 current President Egils Levits hosted young people from across Latvia at a discussion titled "Is it easy to be president in a democracy?" alongside former President Valdis Zatlers (2007–2011), followed by a celebratory concert.

At the concert President Levits delivered a speech, paying tribute to the founders of the Latvian state and constitution, saying: 

"They laid down the Constitution as a fundamental foundation stone for the life of the new country, which would ensure freedom, security and prosperity for everyone.

"As Rainis said: "Writing the Constitution was something like digging a new bed of the Daugava." These founders of Latvia managed it.

"One hundred years ago, right here, in Riga Castle, the work of the Constitutional Assembly was completed. The Constitution was adopted in the final reading in the White Hall of the Riga Palace. The general sessions of the Constituent Assembly were also held there.

"With faith in Latvia, let's go strongly and safely into the future - the second century of our country and Constitution!"

Celebrations continue on November 14 with the unveiling of portraits of previous presidents at Rīga Castle.

You can watch the celebratory concert below (may be subject to geo-blocking).

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