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Andris B?rzi
Flickr - Saeima - 10.Saeimas deput?ts Andris B?rzi (iev?l?ts no Vidzemes apgabala).jpg
8th President of Latvia

8 July 2011 - 8 July 2015
Valdis Dombrovskis
Laimdota Straujuma
Valdis Zatlers
Raimonds V?jonis
Personal details
Born (1944-12-10) 10 December 1944 (age 75)
N?taure, Latvia
Political partyCommunist Party (Before 1990)
Popular Front (1990-1993)
Union of Greens and Farmers (2002-2011)
Independent (2011-present)
Spouse(s)Dzintra B?rzi?a (past)
Dace Seisuma (2011-2016, div.)
Children5 children
Alma materRiga Technical University
University of Latvia

Andris B?rzi (born 10 December 1944) is a Latvian businessman and politician who was President of Latvia from 2011 to 2015. B?rzi was the President of Unibanka from 1993 to 2004.[1] He was elected as President by the Saeima on 2 June 2011.[2]

Early career

Andris B?rzi was born 10 December 1944 in N?taure, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union. In 1958 he completed studies at a N?taure primary school and attended the 1st secondary school of Sigulda from 1958 to 1962. He then began studying at the Riga Polytechnical Institute,[3] which he graduated in 1971, and became a radio engineer at the "Elektrons" factory. He worked his way up to the director and in 1988 was appointed deputy minister of municipal services of the Latvian SSR. He also studied at the Economics Faculty of the Latvian State University, which he graduated in 1988.[3]

In 1989 B?rzi was elected to the Valmiera district Council (Soviet) of People's Deputies and was appointed chairman of the district's executive committee. In 1990 he was elected to the Supreme Council of the Latvian SSR, representing Valmiera. He joined the Latvian Popular Front faction in the Supreme Council. On 4 May 1990, he voted in favour of the declaration that restored the independence of the Republic of Latvia.

After the completion of his term as deputy in 1993, B?rzi became chairman of the Privatization Fund of the Bank of Latvia.[4] He also became president of Latvijas Unibanka (a joint-stock company; 1993-2004).[5] B?rzi became a successful businessman and his estate exceeded 1 000 000 lats (by the mid 2000s). He also owned 30 various land properties. B?rzi worked as an advisor to the president of the SEB Bank Latvian branch and was a board member of several joint-stock companies, including Valmieras stikla iedra and Lode Brickworks.

Political career

Andris B?rzi returned to politics in 2005 when he unsuccessfully ran for the office of Mayor of Riga as the leader of the Union of Greens and Farmers party list. From 2006 to 2010 he served as the president of the Latvian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and was also Latvenergo's board chairman (until 2009).

In 2010 Andris B?rzi was elected deputy of the Saeima from the slate of candidates presented by the Union of Greens and Farmers.[6]

2011 presidential election

On 23 May 2011 Andris B?rzin? was nominated as a presidential candidate by five Union of Greens and Farmers deputies.[7][8]

In the first round of the election (2 June 2011), B?rzi received 50 votes for and 48 against, while Valdis Zatlers got 43 for and 55 against (99 lawmakers cast votes, but one was invalid), meaning no one was elected.[9][10] In the second round, held later on the same day, B?rzi received 53 votes, winning the election.[11] Andris B?rzi took office as President of Latvia on 8 July 2011.[12]

2015 presidential election

On 10 April 2015 he announced he would not be seeking the Presidency for a second term.[13]

On 3 June 2015 Raimonds V?jonis was elected as B?rzi' successor and took office on 8 July 2015.[14]

2017 Riga local election

B?rzi announced that he will stand for a councillor seat in the June 2017 election.[15]

Personal life

Andris B?rzi married Dace Seisuma a couple of days before assuming office as President. It is his second marriage.[16] Aside from his native Latvian, he also speaks Russian.[17] On 3 September 2012, B?rzi threatened TV news crew which was filming him coming alongside his son on the first day of the school year: "Guys, you want me to beat you over the head? It's been a long time since you've been beaten?..."[18]

Honours and awards


  1. ^ Petrova, Alla (2 June 2011). "Andris Berzins - newly elected president of Latvia". The Baltic Course. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Andris Berzins elected new president in Latvia". BBC. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Berzins to start fulfilling President of Latvia duties". Baltic News Network. LETA. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Kas ir jaunais prezidents Andris B?rzi" (in Latvian). Kas Jauns. 2 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Ar otro pieg?jienu par prezidentu iev?l?ts eksbaieris Andris B?rzi" (in Latvian). Delfi. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Saeima to elect Latvia President on June 2". Baltic News Network. LETA. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "ZZS p?rst?vji prezidenta amatam izvirza B?rzi?u" (in Latvian). Apollo. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Andri B?rzi?u prezidenta amatam virz?s pieci ZZS deput?ti" (in Latvian). Delfi. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Prezidentu pirmaj? balsojum? neiev?l: par Zatleru 43, B?rzi?am - 50" (in Latvian). Tvnet. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Prezidenta v?lanu pirmaj? balsojum? 'izg' gan Zatleru, gan B?rzi?u" (in Latvian). Delfi. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "B?rzi?u iev?l? par Valsts prezidentu" (in Latvian). TvNet. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ "B?rzi nodod svin?go sol?jumu un ofici?li st?jas prezidenta amat?" (in Latvian). Delfi. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "B?rzi will not run for second term". LETA. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Jaunais Latvijas Valsts prezidents - Raimonds V?jonis" (in Latvian). LSM. 3 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Former president attempts a political comeback". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Prezidents Andris B?rzi apprec?jies". 18 September 2011. Retrieved 2011.(in Latvian)
  17. ^ "President of Latvia: Andris B?rzi". Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ Prezidents B?rzi agres?vs: "?a?i, pa galvu vajag, ja?". VIDEO
  19. ^ a b c d "President of Latvia Andris B?rzi". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ "B?rzi sa?ems augst?k?s iras Triju Zvaigu ordeni". 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.(in Latvian)
  21. ^ "B?rzi sa?ems augst?k?s iras Triju Zvaigu ordeni". 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.(in Latvian)
  22. ^ "Tildelinger av ordener og medaljer". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Valdis Zatlers
President of Latvia
Succeeded by

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