Jaak Jõerüüt

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Jaak Jõerüüt in 2012.

Jaak Jõerüüt (born 9 December 1947 in Tallinn) is an Estonian writer and politician. He was the defense minister of Estonia from November 2004 to 10 October 2005.

He was appointed to that position in November 2004 in Juhan Parts's government. When Parts resigned in April 2005, Jaak Jõerüüt was one of the few ministers retained in Andrus Ansip's government. Jõerüüt was also acting foreign minister of Estonia for a few days in February 2005.

In September 2005, Jõerüüt resigned voluntarily over the so-called "T-Shirt Affair". (A T-shirt was produced with a list of the names of several Estonian politicians, including Jõerüüt, who are former members of the communist party; it was headed "Commies into the Oven!" At a soccer match, this was worn by several people who were in the employment of his ministry.). Jõerüüt was succeeded by Jürgen Ligi.

Jõerüüt previously served as Estonia's ambassador to the United Nations in 2004. He served as ambassador to Italy and Malta from 1998 through 2002, and ambassador to Cyprus from 1999 through 2004. From 1993 to 1997, Jõerüüt was ambassador to Finland and from 2006 to 2010 to Latvia and now to Sweden from 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Margus Hanson
Minister of Defence
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Jürgen Ligi
Preceded by
Kristiina Ojuland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
February 2005
Succeeded by
Rein Lang
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Lennart Meri
Ambassador of Estonia to Finland
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Mati Vaarmann
Preceded by
Office created
Ambassador of Estonia to Italy, Malta and Cyprus
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Jüri Seilenthal
Preceded by
Merle Pajula
Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations
2004
Succeeded by
Tiina Intelmann
Preceded by
Toomas Lukk
Ambassador of Estonia to Latvia
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Mati Vaarmann
Preceded by
Alar Streimann
Ambassador of Estonia to Sweden
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent