Estonia’s first female president sworn in
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's president-elect has been sworn in for a five-year term as the Baltic country's first female head of state and its fourth president since independence in 1991.
The 46-year-old Kersti Kaljulaid arrived at Monday's inaugural ceremonies at the Riigikogu, or Parliament, together with outgoing president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who served two terms since 2006.
Baltic region worried about Russian missiles in Kaliningrad
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and Estonia expressed concerns Saturday that Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian region on the Baltic Sea, with one official saying Russia appears eager to dominate that body of water.
Russia, meanwhile, says the missiles are being deployed as part of regular military maneuvers to Kaliningrad.
The development comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over Syria.
Estonia chooses EU accountant as first female president
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia finally has chosen a new president, who will be the Baltic country's first woman to hold the post.
After two failed votes and weeks of heated debate, lawmakers on Monday unanimously elected European Union accountant Kersti Kaljulaid in an 81-0 vote, with 20 members absent or abstaining.
The 46-year-old Kaljulaid will succeed President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is stepping down next week after two five-year terms in the largely ceremonial post.
Estonia again fails to elect new president; will try again
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's presidential election has been delayed yet again, as special electoral body failed to pick a new head of state, sending the process back to parliament.
In Saturday's vote between two remaining candidates — former Prime Minister Siim Kallas and former Chancellor of Justice Allar Joks — neither secured a majority in the 335-member electoral college of lawmakers and municipal representatives.
Estonia fails to elect head of state in presidential vote
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's presidential election is heading into a second round Tuesday after no candidate got the required two-thirds majority in a parliamentary vote.
Lawmakers are trying to pick a successor to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves whose second and final term expires in October.
None of the three candidates received the 68 votes required to win in Monday's secret ballot in the 101-seat Parliament.
Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America's determination to defend the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against any aggression from neighboring Russia.