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At the ceremony held during the 11 October sitting of the Riigikogu, the fifth President of the Republic of Estonia after restoration of independence took the oath of office.

Assumption of office

At the ceremonial sitting of the Riigikogu on 11 October, Alar Karis took the oath of office of the President of the Republic and made a speech before the Riigikogu. President Kersti Kaljulaid also delivered a speech.

Kersti Kaljulaid, Alar Karis, Jüri Ratas

Kersti Kaljulaid, Alar Karis, Jüri Ratas


Second round of voting

At its extraordinary session on 31 August, 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.

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.

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