TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid released Minister of the Interior Mart Helme from office Monday.
"The president signed a decision today whereby the minister of the interior, Mart Helme, is to be released from office at the proposal of the prime minister," spokespeople for the office of the president said.
Helme, a member of the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE), announced his decision to resign on Monday.
""Last [Sunday] night, looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media, I decided to resign," Helme said.
"The reason is very simple: no one can muzzle me," Helme said. "I say what I consider to be right, what concerns me."
"In order not to jeopardize our referendum, I have decided to resign," Helme said.
According to Helme, he will continue in the Riigikogu.
Speaking on a TRE radio talk show on Sunday, Helme called into question the legitimacy of US presidential elections.
"The logic based on which the deep state operates is to smuggle in dirt bags, corrupt dirt bags that can be blackmailed. Joe Biden and Hunter Biden are corrupt characters," he said.