Valdis Zatlers

President of Latvia (2007-2011)

Valdis Zatlers is a Latvian politician and former physician who served as the seventh President of Latvia from 2007-2011. He used his time in office to tackle corruption and oligarchy, and dissolved the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) following a dispute over high-level corruption involving certain members. Zatlers is an orthopaedic surgeon by training, and was the director of the Latvian Traumatology and Orthopaedics Hospital from 1994 and chief of its board from 1998. Notably, he participated in the cleanup operations after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Zatlers was a political independent for much of his career, but upon leaving office he founded his own political movement - the Reform Party - which won 22 seats in the Saeima shortly after its formation in 2011.