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Estonia: Only one candidate in the presidential election, 30 years after independence, such a situation came to the fore


The parliamentarians in the 101-seat parliament have to elect the new president. President Kersty Kaljulaid’s five-year term is set to end on October 10.

Helsinki. So far, only one candidate has submitted his candidacy in the presidential election to be held in Estonia on Monday. Such an unprecedented situation has emerged in Estonia in the 30 years since independence.

The five-year term of President Kersty Kaljulaid is set to end on October 10. The parliamentarians in the 101-seat parliament have to elect the new president. Alar Karis, director of the National Museum of Estonia, is the only contender for the position so far. He was given time till August 28 to present his candidature for the post of President. Only Qaris has been able to garner the support of a minimum of 21 MPs.

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A noted author, former defense minister and diplomat, Jacques Joyroot, said that “Elections with one candidate date back to the Soviet era. It is immoral, but, surprisingly, Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. 1.3 million The country later joined the European Union and NATO.

He said that if the President had been elected directly by the people, Kaljulaid would have sought a second term. The first female President of Estonia is quite popular among the public. But he has support from MPs.

In fact, the party of Prime Minister Kaza Kalki and the opposition party have extended their support to 63-year-old Karis. Both parties praise him for his understanding of Estonia’s society and have chosen him based on his academic background. He has headed the University of Tartu, Estonia’s main academic institution.

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