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Estonia elects her first female president

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Estonia – The Estonian parliament has unanimously elected its first woman president, Kersti Kaljulaid. She was elected on Monday, October 3, with 81 votes against 0, with 20 abstentions or absent.

After two votes invalid and several weeks of debate, the parliament of Estonia chose Kersti Kaljulaid, 46, to succeed Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who chose to retire after two terms of 5 years at this symbolic post.

Last month the Electoral College failed to choose between five candidates, and in August, they were unable to choose between four candidates. The six parties that make up the Parliament finally decided to choose a political outsider as candidate, Kersti Kaljulaid, who works at the European Court of Auditors, it was then at the time of the election the only candidate.

She said she would be closer to ethnic Russians in the country which is a quarter of the population, with a view to national reconciliation and defusing tensions.