The Estonian Parliament Riigikogu has elected Estonian representative to the European Court of Auditors Kersti Kaljulaid as the next President of the Republic of Estonia. Kaljulaid, who will also be Estonia’s first woman president, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Monday, Oct. 10.
Kaljulaid was born in 1969 in Tartu. She has a degree in biology as well as a degree in business management from the University of Tartu. In 1999 she became the economic adviser of Prime Minister Mart Laar. As of May 2004 Kaljulaid has been the Estonian auditor in the European Court of Auditors till this spring.
After several rounds of Estonian presedential elections in 2016 ended in failure, she was nominated by the majority of parliamentary parties as a joint candidate for the 5th President of Estonia. She won the elections by 81 votes with 17 abstainers and no votes against her.
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