TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid released Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps from office Saturday.
"Prime Minister Juri Ratas sent me the resignation statement of the minister of education and research, Mailis Reps, yesterday evening, and today, I signed the decision whereby I release the minister of education and research from office at the prime minister's proposal," the president was quoted by spokespeople as saying.
Reps tendered her resignation on Friday over a scandal related to the use of ministry vehicles for the needs of her family.
"The past week has been the most difficult period of my political career. I have come under intense pressure in connection with combining the role of minister and mother. I admit that I have made mistakes and I offer my apologies for it," Reps, a divorced mother of six, said on social media.
"I wish to offer my underage children a safe and peaceful environment to grow up in. Therefore I decided today to resign from the post of minister of education and research and will simultaneously take political responsibility for my mistakes in combining work and family life. I thank everyone who have expressed support to me! Also as a member of the Riigikogu, I will commit to advancing the fields of education and research and Estonian life," she said.