Now all the former Soviet Baltic states are headed by US-educated diplomats
In Estonia's presidential election, the electoral college has voted in favor of Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The US-educated former professional diplomat, who has a psychology degree from Columbia University, is now Estonia's head of state. The incumbent Estonian president, Arnold Ruutel, has lost the vote to Ilves by just 12 ballots.
Ilves received 174 and Ruutel 162 votes from the 345-member electoral college. According to Estonian law, 173 votes are needed to elect the country's president.
After Ilves has become Estonia's new president, all the former Soviet Baltic states now have native, but US-raised, former diplomats for presidents.