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President of the Republic appointed the government formed by Jüri Ratas into office

President of the Republic appointed the government formed by Jüri Ratas into office © Mattias Tammet, Office of the President

25.04.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid signed a decree in Kadriorg today that appointed a new government into office. While signing the decree, the Head of State emphasised the need to always stand for the liberties and values laid down in our Constitution and to reduce hate in society, both in deeds and words.

The Head of State stressed in her address that the Government of the Republic doesn’t only represent the three hundred thousand people who supported the coalition parties, but all the Estonian people. “You stand for each and every Estonian individual. Regardless of their gender, profession, age, skin colour, domestic language, world view, sexual preferences or some other factor. You stand for our international relations and safety network, to keep our Estonia protected and give our words weight,” said President Kaljulaid.

She also repeated the idea expressed at the opening session of the Riigikogu three weeks ago that Estonian democracy is not suffering from a crisis, though we do have a crisis of values. “Our elections were honest and transparent, and a government that is supported by the majority of the Riigikogu is legitimate and represents the will of the people. However, we can see the crisis of values expressed in the fact that the four of us stand here today, in front of the Estonian people – even before I can sign the decree to appoint the government into office,” stated the Head of State.

The President of the Republic stated in her speech that whereas in the past the government was given a hundred days with no criticism, it’s probably not like that any more and shouldn’t be. Instead, she invited everybody to reduce maliciousness in speech. “In appointing this government into office, I invite everyone today to have one hundred days with no malice. I invite politicians and everybody who sows malice and misinformation on the internet, in the streets or in some other way. I do believe that this is possible. I want to believe in an Estonia that can move forward once these 100 days are over. In an Estonia with less anger and fear,” said President Kaljulaid. 

The coalition government was formed by the Centre Party, led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Estonian Conservative People’s Party and the Isamaa party. The new government will take office after giving an oath to parliament on 29 April.

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