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President of the Republic gave Jüri Ratas the task of forming the government

President of the Republic gave Jüri Ratas the task of forming the government © Raigo Pajula

20.11.2016

This morning President Kersti Kaljulaid met in Kadriorg with the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party, Jüri Ratas, appointed him as candidate for the position of Prime Minister and gave him the task of forming a new government.

"In the wake of the expression of no confidence in the previous government, I have met with the chairpersons of all the parliamentary political parties and today I am convinced that Jüri Ratas has the capability to form a strong and energetic government. The foreign and security policy directions that Estonia has followed must continue, and this is what the chairpersons of all the three parties have confirmed to me. The programme of the new government coalition as well as the values and messages it will convey will be a decision taken by the Parliament for the purposes of parliamentary democracy. If the new government will garner the support of the majority of parliament, this can be deemed an expression of the will of the people. This is parliamentary democracy," said President Kaljulaid.

In the coming week, the candidate for prime minister will introduce the grounds for the formation of the new government at the Riigikogu, which will then decide on whether he will be granted the authority to form a government. After receiving the authority from the Parliament, Ratas will present a list of government members to the President for appointing to office.


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