Estonian parliament elects Kaljulaid president

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Kersti Kaljulaid

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The parliament on Monday elected Kersti Kaljulaid as the president of Estonia for the next five years with 81 votes and 17 abstentions.

Kaljulaid was the sole candidate in the round of election that saw the presidental election return to the Riigikogu after five votes - three in the Riigikogu and two in the electoral college - had failed to produce a result.

None of the candidates who ran in the parliamentary and electoral college rounds stood in the new parliamentary round.

In the 101-seat parliament a candidate needs the support of at least two-thirds of the lineup or 68 MPs to get elected.

According to the Riigikogu website, the deputies not registered as present were opposition Center Party MPs Siret Kotka, Martin Repinski and Rein Ratas.

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