Jüri Ratas' first cabinet
Jüri Ratas' cabinet
49th Cabinet of Estonia
|Date formed||23 November 2016|
|Date dissolved||29 April 2019|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Kersti Kaljulaid|
|Head of government||Jüri Ratas|
|No. of ministers||15|
|Total no. of members||24|
|Member parties||Centre Party|
|Opposition parties||Reform Party|
Conservative People's Party
|Predecessor||Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet|
|Successor||Jüri Ratas' second cabinet|
Jüri Ratas' cabinet was the 49th cabinet of Estonia, in office from 23 November 2016 to 29 April 2019. 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. This was the first time since 1999 the liberal centre-right Reform Party were out of the government.
Resignations and changes
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. Centre Party decided to nominate Tarmo Tamm as his successor.
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. He was replaced with Jaak Aab. 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‰) and was replaced with Janek Mäggi, until then non-partisan public relations specialist.
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.
- Siim Kiisler replaced Marko Pomerants as Minister of the Environment.
- Toomas Tõniste replaced Sven Sester as Minister of Finance.
- Jüri Luik replaced Margus Tsahkna as Minister of Defence.
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. He was replaced with Riina Sikkut.
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- "Minister Korb: I am not in favor of NATO membership". ERR. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "Estonia's public administration minister resigns over NATO remarks". Postimees. Eesti Meedia. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "Four new ministers sworn in". ERR. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab announces resignation". ERR. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Ratas to nominate Janek Mäggi for public administration minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Tõniste, Luik, Kiisler named new IRL ministers". ERR. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- "Ossinovski to step down as minister". ERR. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "New ministers Sikkut, Mäggi sworn in". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Urve Palo quits Social Democratic Party, resigns as minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Gallery: Tammist sworn in as new IT minister". ERR. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
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