Posts tagged as president

Lithuanian ex-minister faces political novice for presidency

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lithuanians choose a new president on Sunday in a tight runoff between two centre-right rivals, an ex-finance minister and a political newcomer, in a race dominated by concerns over economic inequality in the Baltic eurozone state. Conservative-backed independent Ingrida Simonyte – who oversaw biting austerity cuts during the global financial crisis – narrowly won round one on May 12 with 31.13 percent of the vote compared to 30.95 for fellow…

Early voting in presidential runoff, EP election starts

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Early voting in the presidential runoff and the European Parliament election started in Lithuania on Monday. Voting will take place from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. MP and ex-Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte, representing the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, will face economist Gitanas Nauseda, an independent candidate, in the presidential runoff on Sunday. One of them will replace Dalia Grybauskaite who’s served as…

Estonian president appoints Kert Kingo minister of foreign trade, IT

Friday, May 17, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister and Kert Kingo, candidate for the post of minister of foreign trade and IT, met on Thursday with the Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulaid, who endorsed Kingo’s candidacy. Kingo took her oath of office at a meeting of the Riigikogu, which started at 10 a.m., and headed then on to acquaint herself with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Kingo’s candidacy was announced on Monday. Two weeks…

President Kaljulaid meets incoming, outgoing NATO commanders

Thursday, May 16, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid met incoming NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) commander, Col. Paul Clayton, of the British army, on Wednesday. Col. Clayton recently started his two-year stint in the role, replacing Col. Giles Harris, whose tenure ended recently. “It is good to see and hear that not only does the allied battle group increase Estonia’s defense capability, and the number of troops on standby, it also teaches both the allies [here], as…

Lithuania selects next President as inequality, poverty top issues

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Despite Lithuania’s long economic upswing, regional differences in wages and polarisation of population are key national problems before the Lithuanian presidential election due on Sunday, May 12. French news agency AFP reports that a total nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected May 26 run-off coinciding with European parliament elections.…

President of Georgia to visit Estonia next week

Friday, May 10, 2019

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili will be in Estonia for an official visit next Thursday and Friday, during which she will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) as well as speak at the opening panel of the Lennart Meri Conference. On Thursday, May 16, Zourabichvili will meet with Kaljulaid in Kadriorg, after which the heads of state will give a press…

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis will not stand candidate for second term

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis has decided to not become a candidate for a second term. This means there is only one other potential presidential candidate – lawyer Egils Levits, who has already secured support from parties of the ruling coalition and is promised support from more than half of Saeima deputies. After meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, the president added that he has accomplished a lot during his term…

Lithuanian president refuses comment on Estonian colleague’s trip to Moscow

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite refused on Tuesday to comment on the visit made by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to Moscow lately. “I cannot make judgements about the behavior of other countries’ leaders,” Grybauskaite told reporters in Vilnius. Kaljulaid opened Estonia’s renovated embassy building in Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin during her trip to the Russian capital in April. The Estonian leader said after the meeting that they “discussed…

Estonian president appoints Madis Muller new cbank governor

Saturday, May 4, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday appointed Madis Muller, current deputy governor of the Bank of Estonia, as the central bank’s new governor. The supervisory board of the Bank of Estonia by a secret vote on Feb. 12 chose Muller as candidate for the next governor of the central bank from a pool of three nominees that also included head of Swedbank Estonia Robert Kitt and deputy secretary general of the…

Poll shows Simonyte strengthens lead in Lithuania’s presidential race

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lithuanian MP Ingrida Simonyte has strengthened her lead in the presidential race with little more than a week left before the May 12 election, the latest poll showed on Friday. According to the survey conducted by pollster Spinter tyrimai on April 20-29 and published by the local news website Delfi.lt, former Finance Minister Simonyte’s candidacy was supported by 26.2 percent of the respondents, while economist Gitanas Nauseda, 54, ranked second…