President of Latvia
|President of the Republic of Latvia
Latvijas Valsts prezidents
|Term length||Four years
renewable once, consecutively
|Inaugural holder||Jānis Čakste
14 November 1922
|Formation||Constitution of Latvia|
|Website||Latvijas Valsts prezidenta mājas lapa|
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The term of office is four years. Before 1997 it was three years. The same person can not hold office as President for more than eight consecutive years.  In the event of the vacancy in the office of the President, the Speaker of the Saeima assumes the duties of the President. For example, after the restoration of Latvian independence, before a new President could be elected, Anatolijs Gorbunovs was acting president from 1991 to 1993.
|Nº||Name||Portrait||Term of office||Political party|
|1||Jānis Čakste||17 December 1918||14 November 1922||Democratic Centre|
|14 November 1922||14 March 1927|
|–||Paul Kalnins||14 March 1927||8 April 1927||Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party|
|2||Gustavs Zemgals||4 August 1927||4 September 1930||Democratic Centre|
|3||Alberts Kviesis||4 September 1930||15 May 1934||Latvian Farmers' Union|
|(3)||16 May 1934||4 November 1936||Independent|
|4||Kārlis Ulmanis||4 November 1936||21 July 1940||Independent|
|–||Augusts Kirhenšteins||21 July 1940||25 August 1940||Communist Party of Latvia|
Latvian SSR (1940 - 1991)
|Augusts Kirhenšteins||25 August 1940||11 April 1952||Communist Party of Latvia|
|Kārlis Ozoliņš||11 April 1952||27 November 1959|
|Jānis Kalnbērziņš||27 November 1959||5 May 1970|
|Vitālijs Rubenis||5 May 1970||20 August 1974|
|Pēteris Strautmanis||20 August 1974||22 June 1985|
|Jānis Vagris||22 June 1985||6 October 1988|
|Anatolijs Gorbunovs||6 October 1988||3 May 1990|
Republic of Latvia (1991 - )
|–||Anatolijs Gorbunovs||3 May 1990||8 July 1993||Communist Party of Latvia|
|5||Guntis Ulmanis||8 July 1993||8 July 1999||Latvian Farmers' Union|
|6||Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga||8 July 1999||8 July 2007||Independent|
|7||Valdis Zatlers||8 July 2007||8 July 2011||Independent|
|8||Andris Bērziņš||8 July 2011||Incumbent||Union of Greens and Farmers|
- "Miljonārs Bērziņš netic, ka Latvijā valda nabadzība". tvnet.lv. 4 November 2012. (Latvian)
- "President of Latvia by Baltic Legal; Part of Constitution - The president". Baltic Legal. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Upon Latvian independence on 17 December 1918, Jānis Čakste was head of state as Chairman of Tautas padome (1918—1920) and Speaker of the Constitutional Assembly (1920—1922), until he was elected President by the first Saeima on 14 November 1922.
- Upon Čakste's death Speaker of the Saeima, Paul Kalnins was acting president March 14, 1927—April 8, 1927.
- Upon the expiration of Kviesis's term, Prime minister Kārlis Ulmanis merged the Presidency and the Premiership, holding both offices himself.
- Prime minister Augusts Kirhenšteins was acting president July 21, 1940—August 25, 1940.
- In RSFSR exile 1941-1944
- According to some sources March 10, 1952
- As Speaker of the Saeima, Anatolijs Gorbunovs was acting president until the election of Guntis Ulmanis.