Sur­prise can­di­date voted Es­to­nia’s first woman pres­i­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Es­to­nia’s par­lia­ment elected sur­prise can­di­date Ker­sti Kalju­laid as the first woman pres­i­dent of the tech-savvy Baltic state, break­ing a month-long po­lit­i­cal stale­mate. The non-aligned 46-year-old mem­ber of the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing watch over EU fi­nances won the sup­port of 81 of Es­to­nia’s 101 mem­bers of par­lia­ment. A mother of four and a grand­mother, Ms Kalju­laid will take over as the NATO na­tion’s fifth pres­i­dent since in­de­pen­dence in 1991.

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New Es­to­nian Pres­i­dent Ker­sti Kalju­laid gives a press con­fer­ence at Ri­igikogu, the Es­to­nian par­lia­ment, in Tallinn on Oc­to­ber 3.

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