Ilves throws in towel, cites political attacks

  • 1998-10-08
  • Denise Albrighton
TALLINN - After months of press speculation, Toomas Hendrik Ilves resigned his post as foreign minister Sept. 30, explaining pressure and attacks on himself and the ministry as reasons for his decision. Ilves, who became foreign minister in November 1996, said foreign policy had become less and less of a priority for the ruling coalition and the government seemed to be finding it more difficult to take his foreign policy decisions. He quoted as an example the free trade agreement with Poland, which was strongly opposed by some rural parties in Parliament. Coalition party politicians have sh...
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