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Alar Karis elected President of Estonia by MEPs

Alar Karis turns into the fifth President of the Republic of Estonia, since his nation’s return to independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Parliament elected him Tuesday, August 31 on the head of the nation.

The educated biologist, who beforehand labored as an auditor and had headed the Nationwide Museum since 2018, was the one candidate for election. It was proposed by the Reform Occasion and the Heart Occasion, members of the ruling coalition. The far-right opposition celebration EKRE, which beforehand promoted one other candidate, in the end refused to take part within the vote.

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“An excellent associate”

To be elected, a candidate for the Estonian presidency should acquire a minimal of 68 votes, or a two-thirds majority of the 101 seats in Parliament. Within the first spherical of the poll on Monday, Mr. Karis obtained the assist of 63 deputies and, within the second spherical on Tuesday, 72. In his speech to Parliament, the brand new head of state promised to be a “Good associate of all factions and political forces”.

Born in 1958, Mr. Karis is a geneticist and developmental biologist. He studied in Nice Britain, Estonia, Germany and the Netherlands. He teaches on the College of Tartu. He had held the put up of Auditor Common of Estonia between 2013 and 2018. Since 2017 he has been Director of the Estonian Nationwide Museum. He’ll succeed the president, Kersti Kaljulaid, as of October 11.

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