'Yes' to direct presidential elections

  • 2003-07-17
  • Aleksei Gunter
TALLINNThe Estonian government approved a number of amendments to the law on presidential elections last week, paving the way toward the establishment of a direct presidential vote.The draft law calls for a one-year expansion of the presidential term to six years without any opportunity for re-election. Under current rules the president, who is elected by Parliament, can serve two terms.The bill initiated last month by 71 lawmakers from the coalition parties – Res Publica, the Reform Party and the People's Union – would allow Estonian citizens who are at least 40 years old and gathered 10,0...
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