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Kersti Kaljulaid elected Estonia president

October 03, 15:57 UTC+3 TALLINN
Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s representative in the European Court of Auditors, was the sole candidate for the post
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TALLINN, October 3. /TASS/. Kersti Kaljulaid was elected new president of Estonia on Monday securing 81 votes at the country’s parliament.

Seventeen out of 101 lawmakers voted against her candidacy, while 68 votes were needed to get elected.

Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s representative in the European Court of Auditors, was the sole candidate for the post.

The first round of presidential elections was conducted in Estonia’s parliament in August, 2015, but none of the candidates was able to gain the necessary 68 votes. After that, a 335-member electoral college was established, but the elections proved to be unsuccessful once again. Then a new round of the election was held in parliament.

The term of current Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves will expire in October. Kaljulaid will be the fourth president of the country, her inauguration is scheduled for October 10.

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