Estonia elects Toomas Hendrik Ilves as President
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, currently a member of the European Parliament, was elected today to be the fourth President of Estonia. In the first ballot of the third round of elections, the first one not in Parliament but in an enlarged "Election Council", Ilves, 53, received 174 votes, against his opponent, incumbent Arnold Rüütel's 162. Ilves formerly served twice as Estonian Foreign Minister, and before that as Ambassador to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Ilves will begin his five-year term in October.
- Mirjam Mäekivi. "Toomas Hendrik Ilves valiti 174 häälega Eesti presidendiks" — , September 23, 2006
- Deutsche Presse Agentur. "1ST LEAD: Estonians elect former exile as new president" — , September 23, 2006
- The Associated Press. "Ilves wins Estonia's presidential election" — , September 23, 2006