Taavi Rõivas

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Taavi Rõivas

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16th Prime Minister of Estonia
In office
26 March 2014 23 November 2016
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Kersti Kaljulaid
Preceded by Andrus Ansip
Succeeded by Jüri Ratas
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
11 December 2012 26 March 2014
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Hanno Pevkur
Succeeded by Helmen Kütt (Social Protection)
Urmas Kruuse (Health and Labour)
Personal details
Born (1979-09-26) 26 September 1979 (age 39)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Reform Party
Spouse(s) Luisa Värk
Alma mater University of Tartu

Taavi Rõivas (Estonian pronunciation:  [ˈtɑːʋi ˈrɤiʋɑs] ; born 26 September 1979) is an Estonian politician, former leader of the Reform Party and former Prime Minister of Estonia. Before his term as the Prime Minister, Rõivas was the Minister of Social Affairs from 2012 to 2014. On 9 November 2016 his second cabinet lost a no confidence motion (63 votes to 28) after two parties (Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica and Social Democratic Party) in the ruling coalition sided with the opposition.

Estonia Republic in Northern Europe

Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia, is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), water 2,839 km2 (1,096 sq mi), land area 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the second most spoken Finnic language.

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Estonian Reform Party political party from Estonia

The Estonian Reform Party is a liberal political party in Estonia. The party is led by Kaja Kallas and has 34 members in the 101-member Riigikogu, making it the largest party in the legislature.


Early life

Rõivas graduated from Tallinn Secondary Science School and from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu in international economics and marketing.

University of Tartu university in the city of Tartu, Estonia

The University of Tartu is a classical university in the city of Tartu, Estonia. It is the national university of Estonia. The University of Tartu is the only classical university in the country and also the biggest and most prestigious university in Estonia. It was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632.

Political career

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Taavi Rõivas in 2014

Rõivas joined the Reform Party in 1998. His political career began as an advisor to Minister of Justice Märt Rask from 1999 to 2002. [1] He was Mayor of Haabersti district of Tallinn 2004–2005 and advisor to the Minister of Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, he became an advisor to the Prime Minister and Reform Party Leader Andrus Ansip. He was elected to the Tallinn City Council in 2005 and to the Riigikogu in 2007 and again in 2011.

Märt Rask is an Estonian attorney, jurist, and politician who was the Estonian Minister of the Interior from 1995 to 1996, as well as being the Justice Minister in 1992 and from 1999 to 2003 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia from 2004 to 2013.

Haabersti District of Tallinn in Harju County, Estonia

Haabersti is one of the 8 administrative districts of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Tallinn City in Harju, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in Harju County. From the 13th century until 1918, the city was known as Reval. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 453,033.

In December 2012, Rõivas became the youngest member of the Estonian Government as the Minister of Social Affairs, replacing Hanno Pevkur. Pevkur in turn replaced Kristen Michal as the Minister of Justice Kristen Michal who had resigned due to corruption allegations by fellow Reform Party member Silver Meikar.

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Hanno Pevkur Estonian politician

Hanno Pevkur is an Estonian politician and former chairman of the Estonian Reform Party.

Kristen Michal Estonian politician

Kristen Michal is an Estonian politician. member of the Estonian Reform Party, he was the minister of economic affairs and infrastructure in Taavi Rõivas' cabinet between 9 April 2015 and 22 November 2016. Previously, Michal served as the minister of justice from 2011 to 2012.

In February 2014, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip announced he would resign a year before the 2015 parliamentary elections and hand his post to the European Commissioner Siim Kallas, former Reform Party Leader and Prime Minister 2002–2003. Kallas began coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party, deciding to replace the conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union as Reform Party's coalition partner. On 12 March Kallas unexpectedly announced he would not seek the post, due to media scrutiny of his actions as President of the Bank of Estonia in the early 1990s. On the same day, the leadership of the Reform Party chose Rõivas as the new candidate for Prime Minister. [2] The coalition agreement with the Social Democratic Party was signed on 20 March and the nomination was confirmed by the Riigikogu on 24 March. [3] [4] Rõivas became Prime Minister after the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves approved his proposed cabinet on 26 March 2014. At the time, Rõivas was the youngest government leader in the European Union. [5]

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Siim Kallas Estonian politician

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Rõivas led his party to the 2015 parliamentary elections, in which Reform Party succeeded in staying as the largest party and began coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union and the Free Party. [6] After nearly three weeks of negotiations, the Free Party left the coalition talks due to disagreements with the Reform Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union. [7] The three remaining parties signed the coalition treaty on 8 April, and Rõivas' second cabinet took office on 9 April. [8]

Taavi Rõivas second cabinet

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On 7 November 2016, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria & Res Publica Union (IRL) announced that they were asking Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas to resign for lack of trust among the coalition partners. [9] The announcement came soon after the opposition had submitted a motion to express lack of confidence in Rõivas’ government. SDE and IRL proceeded with the motion, leaving the Reform the only party to support Rõivas. [10] Rõivas commented the situation by declining to resign and arguing that a democratically elected government should be only removed by a democratic vote. [11] In the following vote of confidence on 9 November, the majority of Riigikogu voted in favor of removing the prime minister’s government. [12] On 23 November, the Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas was sworn in as the new Prime Minister, whereas Reform Party was left in the opposition. [13] Rõivas subsequently announced that he would step down as the chairman of the party. [14] On 7 January 2017 Hanno Pevkur was elected the new chairman of the Reform Party. [15]

On 5 December 2016, Rõivas was elected as the deputy speaker of the Riigikogu. [16] In September 2017, Rõivas led an Estonian trade delegation visit to Malaysia, during which the members of the delegation reportedly behaved in an undignified manner and were subsequently accused of harassment. [17] Rõivas apologized for the behavior of the delegation and announced his resignation as the deputy speaker, but insisted on continuing as a MP for the Reform Party. Later he also apologized on live television to the victim of his alleged harassment, code-named Katrin in Estonian media. [18] [19]

Personal life

Rõivas speaks Estonian, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Finnish. [20]

Rõivas has been engaged with the pop singer Luisa Värk since 2016. They have one daughter, Miina Rihanna, born in 2009. [21]


2016 Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.[ citation needed ]

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  18. https://tv3play.tv3.ee/sisu/kolmeraudne/882491
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  20. Viron tuleva pääministeri Taavi Rõivas, 34: Emme saa Suomea kiinni elintasossa – Viro – Ulkomaat – Helsingin Sanomat
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Political offices
Preceded by
Hanno Pevkur
Minister of Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Helmen Kütt
as Minister of Social Protection
Succeeded by
Urmas Kruuse
as Minister of Health and Labour
Preceded by
Andrus Ansip
Prime Minister of Estonia
Succeeded by
Jüri Ratas