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.
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 15:34