Surprise candidate voted Estonia’s first woman president
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.
New Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid gives a press conference at Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament, in Tallinn on October 3.