Ken-Marti Vaher

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Ken-Marti Vaher
Ken-Marti Vaher, 2011.jpg
Ken-Marti Vaher in 2011.
Minister of the Interior of Estonia
In office
6 April 2011 – 26 March 2014
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Marko Pomerants
Succeeded by Hanno Pevkur
Minister of Justice of Estonia
In office
10 April 2003 – 12 April 2005
Prime Minister Juhan Parts
Preceded by Märt Rask
Succeeded by Rein Lang
Personal details
Born (1974-09-05) 5 September 1974 (age 42)
Political party Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica

Ken-Marti Vaher (born 5 September 1974) is a leading member of the Estonian Pro Patria and Res Publica Union party.

He has served twice as a Minister: as Minister of Justice (2003–2005) and as Minister of the Interior (2011–2014).


Vaher, born in Tallinn on 5 September 1974, was educated at the University of Tartu, where he received a bachelor's degree in law. A career politician and civil servant Vaher served as Director of the State Audit Office as well as a member of the Tallinn City Council, before being appointed to the Minister of Justice position in the Juhan Parts government.

On 21 March 2005, Vaher received a vote of no confidence from the Riigikogu. The vote followed concerns about the handling of a controversial anti-corruption plan. The plan, as it was proposed, would have established a quota system of how many civil servants had to be prosecuted every year, it was set on a per county basis. Members of the opposition in the Riigikogu considered the programme as draconian.[1] On 24 March 2005, Prime Minister Juhan Parts announced that he would step down from the position of Prime Minister and requested that the President reform the government, in part having to do with Parts' support for the program.[2]

In 2015 parliamentary election, Vaher was re-chosen to the parliament with 2,313 individual votes.[3]


  1. ^ "Estonia PM to dissolve government". BBC News. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Estonian Premier Resigns After Government Collapse". Bloomberg. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Riigikogu valimised 2015: Detailne hääletamistulemus". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 

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Preceded by
Märt Rask
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Rein Lang
Preceded by
Marko Pomerants
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Hanno Pevkur