Rinkevics is the first openly gay president in the EU. In his swearing-in speech, the new president pledged to uphold his country's support for Ukraine against Russia.
Edgars Rinkevics has ascended from foreign minister to president following a parliamentary vote. He will be the first openly gay politician to hold the largely ceremonial role.
Latvia is fighting to counter the spread of Moscow's disinformation. Given its large Russian-speaking community, this is a tough task. For ethnic Russians, their language and culture are at stake.