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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Latvian President Considering eBay

RIGA, Latvia -- Former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga is considering using eBay to auction off the wardrobe she wore in office in an attempt to recoup money she spent to look attractive and presidential.

Vike-Freiberga told Latvian public radio last week that most of her salary during her eight years in office went toward garments fit for a president in all situations.

"I literally spent all my salary to take care of myself ... to be able at any time to stand next to the Japanese emperor, the British queen, [Holland's] Queen Beatrix, any other lady," she said.

"I considered it my duty, representing Latvia, to present myself in an attractive and correct way."

She said her wardrobe was now full of dresses she would not be able to wear. Freiberga, who was president from 1999 to this year, is now running a consulting firm in Riga.

"I might put them on eBay for auction to get the funds back," she said.

Freiberga was elected president in June 1999 and re-elected unopposed for a second term before current President Valdis Zatlers took office in July.

A president in Latvia may not serve more than two terms.