At an extraordinary session on Tuesday, the Estonian Parliament elected Alar Karis, director of the National Museum of Estonia, as President of the Republic by closed vote. This was reported on the official Twitter page of the Estonian Parliament.
Alar Karis was elected ???????? President of Estonia. He received 72 votes at the secret ballot. pic.twitter.com/dxByCOQLmP— Riigikogu (@Riigikogu) August 31, 2021
"Alar Karis was elected President of Estonia. He received 72 votes in a closed ballot," the message stated.
72 out of 101 parliamentarians voted for his candidacy, and eight ballots turned out to be blank. 80 lawmakers took part in the voting. During the first round on Monday, 63 lawmakers out of 101 voted for him. He needed to get at least 68 votes to be elected.
Karis's candidacy was nominated by both ruling parties: the Center and the Reforms, which have 59 parliamentarians in parliament. On Tuesday, a majority of the oppositional Social Democratic Party (11 votes) stated before the second round of voting that they would support the candidate.
Karis was born on March 26, 1958. He is a molecular geneticist and development biologist, as well as a former rector of the Estonian University of Natural Sciences (2003-2007) and the University of Tartu (2007-2012). From 2013 he worked as a state controller, in 2017 he became head of the Estonian National Museum.
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