Estonian parliament elects first female president

A strong majority in the Estonian parliament on Monday elected Kersti Kaljulaid as the country's first female president.

The 46-year-old non-partisan candidate, who formerly served as a budget auditor to the European Union, received 81 of 98 parliamentary votes - more than the two-thirds majority required to elect a head of state.

Kaljulaid will replace incumbent Toomas Hendrik Ilves in the largely ceremonial position. Ilves, an outspoken critic of Russia, served two five-year terms and was barred from running again.

The news comes after the stalemated Estonian parliament failed several times to elect a head of state. Votes are split between six parties in the legislature.

Last update: Mon, 03/10/2016 - 17:05

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