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Alar Karis was elected President of the Republic

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)

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Alar Karis was elected President of the Republic

Second round of voting

80 members of the Riigikogu participated in the second round of voting. 72 members of the Riigikogu voted for Karis. Eight ballot papers were unmarked.

Riigikogu esimees Jüri Ratas õnnitleb valitud presidenti

The Speaker of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas congratulates the President-elect

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.

First round of voting

At the extraordinary session of the Riigikogu on 30 August, Alar Karis was not elected in the first round of the election of the President of the Republic. 63 members of the Riigikogu voted for him. The support of at least 68 members was required.

79 members of the Riigikogu participated in the voting. 16 ballot papers were unmarked.

Alar Karis

Assumption of office

The fifth President of the Republic of Estonia after restoration of independence will probably assume office on 11 October 2021. The President will assume office by swearing the oath of office to the people of Estonia before the Riigikogu:

“In assuming the office of President of the Republic, I (given name and surname), solemnly swear to steadfastly defend the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Estonia, to exercise the power entrusted to me in a just and impartial manner, and to faithfully perform my duties with all of my abilities and to the best of my understanding, for the benefit of the people of Estonia and the Republic of Estonia.”

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