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Who is Estonia’s next president Alar Karis?

Alar Karis will take office on October 11 as Estonia’s next president. He was elected president in the Riigikogu on 31st of August during the second round of voting. Karis received 72 votes, passing the 68 votes needed to get elected.

Alar Karis at the press conference after the second round of voting in the 2021 presidential election on August 31, 2021. Author (Photo: Priit Mürk/ERR)

ERR News gives an overview of his life and views.

Alar Karis, 63, is an Estonian citizen by birth, a native of Tartu and the current director of the Estonian National Museum (ERM).

He is an Estonian molecular geneticist and developmental biologist who embarked on an academic career after graduating from the veterinary department of the Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool) in Tartu, and became a professor there in 1999.

He served as rector at the Estonian University of Life Sciences from 2003-2007, and as rector of the University of Tartu from 2007-2012. He was appointed Estonia’s auditor general in March 2013 and, after completing his tenure, as director of the ERM in October 2017.

“Who is Estonia’s next president Alar Karis?” ERR News, 30.08.2021

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Who is Estonia’s next president Alar Karis?

By Kristi Barrow

Loves all things Estonian. Especially Crafters Elderflower gin. Aussie born.