Estonia parliament votes for first female president

Kersti Kaljulaid wins unanimous vote after she was put forward as unity candidate following weeks of party wrangling

Estonia’s parliament has selected a new president who will be the country’s first female leader.

Kersti Kaljulaid, a European Union accountant, won Monday’s vote 81-0, with 20 members absent or abstaining. Her selection follows two failed votes and weeks of heated debate.

Kaljulaid, 46, will succeed the current president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is stepping down next week after two five-year terms in the ceremonial post.

Read more from The Guardian

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