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Jüri Ratas' cabinet
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49th Cabinet of Estonia
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Date formed23 November 2016
Date dissolved29 April 2019
People and organisations
Head of stateKersti Kaljulaid
Head of governmentJüri Ratas
No. of ministers15
Total no. of members24
Member partiesCentre Party
Social Democrats
Pro Patria
Opposition partiesReform Party
Free Party
Conservative People's Party
Election(s)2015 election
PredecessorTaavi Rõivas' second cabinet
SuccessorJüri Ratas' second cabinet

Jüri Ratas' cabinet was the 49th cabinet of Estonia, in office from 23 November 2016 to 29 April 2019.[1][2] It was a centre-left coalition cabinet of Centre Party, Social Democratic Party and conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union. It was preceded by the Second Cabinet of Taavi Rõivas, a cabinet that ended when Social Democrats and the Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica joined the opposition's no confidence vote against the cabinet.[3][4][5] This was the first time since 1999 the liberal centre-right Reform Party were out of the government.


Centre Party and Social Democratic Party announced the names of their chosen cabinet ministers on 19 November, whereas Pro Patria and Res Publica made the announcement on 21 November.[5][6]

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Government's Office
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas23 November 2016to the next cabinet Centre
Ministry of Finance
Minister of FinanceSven Sester9 April 201512 June 2017 Isamaa
Toomas Tõniste12 June 201729 April 2019 Isamaa
Minister of Public AdministrationMihhail Korb23 November 201612 June 2017 Centre
Jaak Aab12 June 20172 May 2018 Centre
Janek Mäggi2 May 201829 April 2019 Centre
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign AffairsSven Mikser23 November 201629 April 2019 Social Democratic
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Minister of Economic Affairs and InfrastructureKadri Simson23 November 201629 April 2019 Centre
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information TechnologyUrve Palo23 November 201622 August 2018 Social Democratic
Rene Tammist22 August 201829 April 2019 Social Democratic
Ministry of Justice
Minister of JusticeUrmas Reinsalu9 April 201529 April 2019 Isamaa
Ministry of Defence
Minister of DefenceMargus Tsahkna23 November 201612 June 2017 Isamaa
Jüri Luik12 June 2017to the next cabinet Isamaa
Ministry of Culture
Minister of CultureIndrek Saar9 April 201529 April 2019 Social Democratic
Ministry of the Interior
Minister of the InteriorAndres Anvelt23 November 201626 November 2018 Social Democratic
Katri Raik26 November 201829 April 2019 Social Democratic
Ministry of Education and Research
Minister of Education and ResearchMailis Reps23 November 2016to the next cabinet Centre
Ministry of the Environment
Minister of the EnvironmentMarko Pomerants9 April 201512 June 2017 Isamaa
Siim Kiisler12 June 201729 April 2019 Isamaa
Ministry of Social Affairs
Minister of Social ProtectionKaia Iva23 November 201629 April 2019 Isamaa
Minister of Health and LabourJevgeni Ossinovski14 September 20152 May 2018 Social Democratic
Riina Sikkut2 May 201829 April 2019 Social Democratic
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Minister of Rural AffairsMartin Repinski23 November 20169 December 2016 Centre
Tarmo Tamm12 December 201629 April 2019 Centre

Resignations and changes[edit]

On 6 December 2016, Minister of Rural Affairs, Martin Repinski, resigned due to massive media criticism of the questionable business practices of his goat farm.[7] Centre Party decided to nominate Tarmo Tamm as his successor.[8]

On 24 May 2017, Minister of Public Administration, Mihhail Korb, resigned, in the interests of the health of the coalition, after the scandal that erupted following his comment on his lack of support for Estonia's NATO membership.[9][10] He was replaced with Jaak Aab.[11] Aab himself resigned on 17 April 2018 after being caught by Police speeding (73 km/h in 50 km/h zone) and driving under the influence (blood alcohol level 0.28‰)[12] and was replaced with Janek Mäggi, until then non-partisan public relations specialist.[13]

On 7 June 2017, following the change of party leadership, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union, decided to replace three of it ministers in the Cabinet.

On 7 April 2018, Minister of Health and Labour, Jevgeni Ossinovski, announced his intention to resign in order to focus on leading the Social Democratic party to the March 2019 elections.[15] He was replaced with Riina Sikkut.[16]

On 23 July 2018, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Urve Palo, announced her resignation and that she had also quit Social Democratic Party.[17] She was replaced with Rene Tammist.[18]

On 20 November 2018, Minister of the Interior, Andres Anvelt, announced that he would resign and leave politics due to health reasons.[19] He was replaced by Katri Raik on November 26.[20]


  1. ^ "President appoints Jüri Ratas' government". ERR. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Ratas' second government sworn in Monday afternoon". ERR. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Government falls as Social Democrats and IRL leave coalition". ERR. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Prime Minister loses no confidence vote, forced to resign". ERR. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Coalition agreement ready, ministries distributed". ERR. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  6. ^ "IRL nimetas viis ministrikandidaati". Postimees. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Rural affairs minister resigns after less than two weeks on job". ERR. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ "President appoints Tarmo Tamm Minister of Rural Affairs". ERR. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Minister Korb: I am not in favor of NATO membership". ERR. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Estonia's public administration minister resigns over NATO remarks". Postimees. Eesti Meedia. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Four new ministers sworn in". ERR. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab announces resignation". ERR. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Ratas to nominate Janek Mäggi for public administration minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Tõniste, Luik, Kiisler named new IRL ministers". ERR. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Ossinovski to step down as minister". ERR. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. ^ "New ministers Sikkut, Mäggi sworn in". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Urve Palo quits Social Democratic Party, resigns as minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Gallery: Tammist sworn in as new IT minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  19. ^ Vahtla, Aili (20 November 2018). "Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt resigns, to leave politics". news.err.ee.
  20. ^ Cavegn, Dario (26 November 2018). "Katri Raik appointed new interior minister". news.err.ee.

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Preceded by
Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet
Government of Estonia
Succeeded by
Jüri Ratas' second cabinet