Btw your President is here for 2 days on a huge state visit.
We had a nice interview with him on our news last night. He seems OK, he's a former doctor, right?
Yes, he is a former doctor and I don't like him much. Though I like him a bit better now than when he was sworn in last summer. It was just so surprising. You know, it's the parliament who elects the president, not the people, so there's no campaigning, no nothing. For almost a year the press and everyone were discussing possible presidential candidates from the various political parties. The parties each had nominated their candidates, of course. Zatlers wasn't among them, nobody knew him at all except as a surgeon. And then two months before the elections, out of the blue, the coalition parties said - this is our candidate
Everyone was in shock. But the coalition had the majority in the parliament and so they voted him in. It was really ugly. And the thing that makes it all worse is that it came out that some oligarchs (who are unofficially "sponsoring" some parties but don't hold any official titles) had had a meeting in the zoo of all places!
and had decided on the candidate there. So we refer to him as our zoo president
But it has turned out that he has some backbone after all. Initially I feared that he would be something like Medvedev is for Putin but he's not that bad, he does care what happens in the country and has taken some good measures. So I hope he will prove all the doubters wrong.