- Title: Estonia's parliament elects country's first female president
- Date: 3rd October 2016
- Summary: TALLINN, ESTONIA (OCTOBER 3, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF ESTONIAN PARLIAMENT NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT KERSTI KALJULAID ENTERING PARLIAMENT KALJULAID AT PARLIAMENT BALLOT BOX BEING PLACED IN FRONT OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ELECTORAL COMMITTEE OPENING BOX MEMBERS OF ESTONIAN GOVERNMENT VARIOUS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS COUNTING VOTES FOR KALJULAID CLOSE UP OF KALJULAID AS SHE IS ELECTED WHILE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT APPLAUD KALJULAID RECEIVING FLOWERS FROM ESTONIAN PRIME MINISTER TAAVI ROIVAS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT APPLAUDING KALJULAID ADDRESSING PARLIAMENT KALJULAID RECEIVING FLOWERS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT KALJULAID ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESTONIAN PRESIDENT, KERSTI KALJULAID, SAYING: "I have been believing into the words of the members of Riigikogu (Estonian parliament) all through this week. So I was not surprised by the result. But it is a very strong and good basis to take with me from here to Kadriorg (Presidential palace)". CAMERAMEN (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESTONIAN PRESIDENT, KERSTI KALJULAID, SAYING: "My first task in the office actually derives from the fact that I'm only just returning from high European office so my first task is to go and talk to Estonian people all around the country". VARIOUS OF KALJULAID TALKING TO JOURNALISTS ESTONIAN AND EU FLAGS AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 18th October 2016 15:44
- Keywords: Estonia first female president Kersti Kaljulaid
- Location: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- City: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- Country: Estonia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00152G9ZJT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Estonian parliament on Monday (October 3) elected the country's first female head of state.
Kersti Kaljulaid, 46, a former EU budget auditor, received 81 votes in the election for the five-year presidential term, well above the two-thirds majority of 68 required.
"I was not surprised by the result," she told reporters after addressing the Estonian parliament.
"I'm only just returning from high European office so my first task is to go and talk to Estonian people all around the country," she added.
The office is largely symbolic in the Baltic country although it gained weight after outgoing President Toomas Hendrik Ilves carved a role as an outspoken critic of Russia and a campaigner for government digitalisation and cybersecurity.
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