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Estonia: Minister resigns over Facebook comments

October 26, 2014 GMT

TALLINN; Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s finance minister says he will step down over a public uproar sparked by remarks he made on an ethnic Russian colleague earlier this week.

Reform Party member Jurgen Ligi, 55, called the Social Democrat Education Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski “an immigrant’s son from the pink party” in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Ossinovski represents Estonia’s ethnic-Russian minority that makes up a quarter of the Baltic country’s population of 1.3 million, and Ligi’s comments were seen as degrading by both Russian speakers and ethnic Estonians.

Ligi tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Taavi Roivas Sunday, saying he wanted to give the government coalition of the conservative Reform Party and center-left Social Democrats a chance to work “in peace.”

It was not immediately known who would replace Ligi.