Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ilves Gains Estonian Presidency

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the new President of Estonia.

He took 174 of the 345 possible votes in the electoral college.

The incumbent, Moscow-leaning Arnold Rüütel, gained only 162 votes.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the first Estonian president not to know Russian. An Estonian-American, he will take Estonia further towards the European Union, of which the country is already a member, and also in an Atlanticist direction.
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