Estonia: Government led by nation's first woman PM sworn in
Newly appointed Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas speaks at the Estonian Parliament, in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Estonias new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first female prime minister since the Baltic country regained independence in 1991. (AP Photo/Raul Mee)HELSINKI – A new two-party coalition government was sworn in Tuesday in Estonia, led by the first woman prime minister since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991. The 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Kaja Kallas took office after lawmakers in Estonia's parliament approved the government appointed by President Kersti Kaljulaid. However, she was outmaneuvered by Ratas' Center Party, which formed a three-party coalition with the populist right-wing EKRE party and the conservative Fatherland party.
Estonia to get first female PM as government deal clinched
FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, Chairwoman of the Reform Party Kaja Kallas poses for a photo in Tallinn, Estonia. The party councils of the the opposition, center-right Reform Party and the ruling. Both parties are set to have seven ministerial portfolios in addition to Kallas' prime minister post in the 15-member government, which would muster a majority at the 101-seat Riigikogu Parliament. Kaja Kallas took the reins at the Reform Party in 2018 as its first female chair. Estonia’s prime minister since November 2016, Ratas won't be part of the new Cabinet.
Reform Party leader tasked to form Estonia's new government
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, March 3, 2019, Chairwoman of the Reform Party Kaja Kallas arrives at a polling station during a parliamentary elections in Tallinn, Estonia. (AP Photo/Raul Mee)HELSINKI – Estonia’s president on Thursday tasked the leader of the main opposition party to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Cabinet stepped down in the wake of a corruption scandal in Ratas' ruling Center Party. Kaja Kallas, chairwoman of the center-right Reform Party that emerged as the winner of the 2019 general election, will have 14 days to put together a new Cabinet, President Kersti Kaljulaid said. On Thursday, the Reform Party said it would start official government formation talks with the Center Party. The pro-business and pro-entrepreneurship Reform Party defines itself on its website as “the leader of the liberal worldview in Estonia.”Due to EKRE's strong rhetoric, Ratas' government was shaky from the start.