Kersti Kaljulaid elected as first female President of Estonia

Oct 4, 2016 10:12 IST

Kersti Kaljulaid on 3 October 2016 was elected as the President of Estonia by the parliament.

With this, Kaljulaid will become Estonia’s first female president.

Kaljulaid won vote 81-0, with 20 members absent or abstaining. Her selection follows two failed votes and weeks of heated debate.

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About Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid is the President-elect of Estonia.

She is due to take office on 10 October 2016 as the country's fifth President.

She will be the first woman to become President of Estonia since the country declared independence in 1918 and again in 1991.

She will also be the youngest person elected President, aged 46.

She graduated from Tallinn Secondary School no. 44 in 1987.

In 1992, she graduated from University of Tartu cum laude as a biologist.

In 2001, she graduated University of Tartu with an MBA in business management.

In 1996–1997, she worked as a sales manager in state-owned telecom Eesti Telefon.

In 1997–1998, she worked as a project manager in Hoiupanga Investeeringute AS.

In 1998–1999, she worked in the investment banking department of Hansapank Markets.

In 1999–2002, she worked as the economic advisor of Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar.

Since May 2011, she has been the representative of Estonia in the European Court of Auditors.

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