At its extraordinary session today, the Riigikogu elected Alar Karis President of the Republic. 72 members of the Riigikogu supported him at the secret ballot.
80 members of the Riigikogu participated in the second round of voting. Eight ballot papers were unmarked.
To be elected, the candidate for President needed a two-thirds majority of votes of the membership of the Riigikogu, that is, the support of at least 68 members of the Riigikogu.
59 members of the Riigikogu from the Estonian Centre Party Faction and the Estonian Reform Party Faction had nominated Alar Karis again for the second round of voting.
In the first round yesterday, Karis received the support of 63 members of the Riigikogu. 79 members participated in the voting then. 16 ballot papers were unmarked.
The newly elected President of the Republic Alar Karis thanked the Riigikogu for the votes that had been cast for him.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, as well as those who did not. I promise to be a good partner to the Riigikogu. Thank you very much,” Karis said.
Photos (Author: Erik Peinar, Chancellery of the Riigikogu)
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu.
(Please note that the recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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