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Estonia's PM resigns over suspicion about corruption scandal in his party

Christian Fernsby |
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said early Wednesday on his Facebook page that he would step down as “the suspicion expressed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office .... does not mean that someone is definitely guilty but they will inevitably cast a serious shadow over all those involved.”

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Topics: ESTONIA   

Estonia’s prime minister has resigned over a corruption scandal in his Center Party that led to key party officials resigning overnight, and talks began Wednesday among political parties about forming a new ruling coalition.

The move automatically prompts the resignation of Estonia s three-party coalition government but does not automatically mean a new election.

“In such a situation, it seems only right that, by resigning myself, I will give the opportunity to shed light on all the facts and come to clarity,” Ratas wrote on Facebook.

Ratas said he personally has not done anything wrong.

“Despite taking political responsibility, I can say with all my heart that, as prime minister, I have not made any malicious or deliberately wrong decisions,” he wrote on Facebook.

After Ratas’ announcement, parties immediately started talks forming a new government. Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid said she would propose that the main opposition party, the center-right Reform Party, have its chairwoman Kaja Kallas form the new Cabinet.

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