Estonian president appoints Raul Siem to office as minister of foreign trade, IT

  • 2020-04-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Monday appointed Raul Siem to office as the new minister of foreign trade and information technology in the Juri Ratas Cabinet.

The proposal for the appointment had been made by Ratas. 

The foreign trade and information technology portfolio belongs to the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) under the coalition agreement of the three parties governing Estonia.

The chairman of EKRE, Mart Helme, on Friday recalled Kaimar Karu from the ministerial post allegedly over insufficient cooperation with the party and its political leadership and proposed to appoint Siem, his adviser and a member of EKRE, as new minister of foreign trade and IT. 

Karu was not a member of EKRE. 

Siem is the fourth minister of foreign trade and IT in the cabinet that took office after the general elections of March 2019. The first minister, Marti Kuusik, had to quit after one day on the job following allegations of domestic violence. Kuusik's place was taken by Kert Kingo, who had to leave in the wake of allegations of lying to MPs.