The prime minister notified the president of the resignation of the government

13.01.2021 | 12:19

Stenbock House, 13 January 2021 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas notified President Kersti Kaljulaid of his resignation.
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Pursuant to subsection 9 (3) of the Government of the Republic Act, the prime minister may resign on his own initiative by communicating his decision at a session of the Government of the Republic. Prime Minister Ratas will do it tomorrow. The prime minister must also notify the Riigikogu of the resignation of the government.

The resigned government shall continue its activities until a new government assumes office. The resigned government shall avoid making any decisions of principle or decisions which increase the expenditure of the state budget, unless it is strictly necessary.

The president has fourteen days to appoint a candidate for prime minister and give them the task of forming a new government. Within fourteen days after the receipt of this task, the candidate for prime minister presents the principles of the formation of a new government to the Riigikogu, after which the Riigikogu decides whether to authorise the candidate for prime minister to form the government or not. Having received the authority, the candidate for prime minister has seven days to present the membership of the government to the president, who then appoints the government to office within three days.

The Government assumes office by taking an oath before the Riigikogu.

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