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Kersti Kaljulaid elected President of the Republic


During an additional session today the Riigikogu elected Kersti Kaljulaid as the President of the Republic with 81 votes.

In order to be elected the candidate was required to receive two-thirds of the votes of the members of the Riigikogu i.e. the support of 68 MPs.

98 members of the Riigikogu voted in the election. 17 ballot papers were not marked with a cross.

President Kaljulaid thanked the Riigikogu for its trust, for the signatures given in her support and for the votes cast in her favour. "I'm certain we'll work together amicably and effectively," she said. "It's gratifying to be able to go from here to Kadriorg safe in that knowledge."

Riigikogu press service