Friday 9/17/21
ESTONIA

Alar Karis elected as Estonia's new president

His inauguration is scheduled for 11 October
HANDOUT - 30 August 2021, Estonia, Tallinn: Alar Karis, director of the Estonian National Museum, attends a session at the Estonian Parliament to vote on the country's new president. Karis was elected by Estonia's Parliament as the the new president in a vote where he was the only candidate. Photo: Erik Peinar/Estonian Parliament/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full
Alar Karis was elected as the the new president of Estonia in a vote where he was the only candidate. Photo: Erik Peinar/Estonian Parliament/dpa.
Scientist Alar Karis is to be Estonia's next president, after he was backed by two-thirds of lawmakers in a second round of voting on Tuesday.

Karis, a biologist and former director of the Estonian National Museum, won the support of 72 of the 101 lawmakers in the small Baltic nation's parliament, the Riigikogu.

He replaces current President Kersti Kaljulaid, with his inauguration scheduled for 11 October.

The president of Estonia is a largely ceremonial role and involves mainly representative duties.

Karis, 63, was the sole candidate for the role.

In the first round of voting on Monday, he was unable to gain the required two-thirds of the members of parliament needed to confirm.

The President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Photo: Twitter/@KerstiKaljulaid.The outgoing President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Photo: Twitter/@KerstiKaljulaid.

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