Estonia's parliament elects country's first female president

Monday, 2016-10-03 22:12:28
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Newly-elected Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid speaks after the vote in the country's Parliament in Tallinn, Estonia, October 3, 2016. (Credit: Reuters)
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The Estonian parliament on Monday 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.

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.