Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas has stepped down from his post in connection with corruption allegations against his Centre Party.
Mr Ratas’ resignation has been accepted by President Kersti Kaljulaid.
Announcing the move on Wednesday 13th January 2021, the 42-year-old Ratas said he wanted to take political responsibility for the allegations and allow for their clarification.
According to the Estonian constitution, Mr Ratas’ move automatically leads to the resignation of the entire government.
Head of State, Ms Kaljulaid now has two weeks to nominate a candidate for the office of head of government.
She has announced that she wants to entrust opposition leader Kaja Kallas with forming a government.
The current government remains in office until a new cabinet is established.
Judicial authorities in the Baltic EU member state previously launched investigations into a state aid loan to a real estate project, according to the prosecutor general, Taavi Pern.
The investigation was spurred by a nearly 40 million euro (48-million-dollar) loan granted by Kredex in the middle of last year for the development of a real estate project in Tallinn.
The much-discussed decision is said to have been preceded by unauthorised agreements.. corruption everyone and is time we come together and say no to corruption please.
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