Estonian PM submits resignation

2021-01-13 13:05:14 GMT2021-01-13 21:05:14(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas (L) submits resignation to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Tallinn, Estonia, Jan. 13, 2021. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. At a press conference at the president's office, Kaljulaid said that she would make an offer to the head of Reform Party Kaja Kallas to become the candidate of the prime minister and begin forming a new government. (Mattias Tammet/Office of the President of Estonia/Handout via Xinhua)  Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas (L) submits resignation to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Tallinn, Estonia, Jan. 13, 2021. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. At a press conference at the president's office, Kaljulaid said that she would make an offer to the head of Reform Party Kaja Kallas to become the candidate of the prime minister and begin forming a new government. (Mattias Tammet/Office of the President of Estonia/Handout via Xinhua)

TALLINN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

"Today, I made a decision to resign as Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia in the current situation," Ratas said in a Facebook post.

"This decision was made in consultations with the board of the Estonian Center Party and the Riigikogu (parliament) faction, as well as with the closest colleagues," said Ratas, who is also the chairman of the party.

The suspicion expressed by the Public Prosecutor's Office will inevitably cast a serious shadow over all those involved, wrote Ratas, whose cabinet took office in April 2019.

"In such a situation, it seems only right that by resigning myself. I will give the opportunity to shed light on all the circumstances and to come to terms with clarity," he added.

Earlier, the Estonian Public Prosecutor's Office announced it suspected the Center Party and five individuals were allegedly involved in "possible corruption" in relation to a property development project in Tallinn, local media reported.

According to Estonian law, President Kaljulaid now has 14 days to name a new prime minister who would then have to be approved by parliament.

At a press conference at the president's office, Kaljulaid said that she would make an offer to the head of Reform Party Kaja Kallas to become the candidate of the prime minister and begin forming a new government.

Ratas was also prime minister of the previous government between November 2016 and April 2019. Enditem

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