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The President of the Republic proposed a candidate for Auditor General

President Arnold Rüütel today in accordance with § 78 of the Constitution made to the Riigikogu the proposal to appoint Mihkel Oviir to the office of Auditor General.

Before making the proposal, the President heared the positions of the Riigikogu's factions on this matter and, thereafter, made the following statement:

"After having consulted the political forces represented in the Riigikogu, on 11 November 2002, I made Mihkel Oviir the proposal to stand as a candidate for the office of Auditor General. The security check carried out by the Security Police has confirmed that he is a suitable candidate for this office.

As a matter of fact, the post of Auditor General has been vacant since August. It is my firm wish to resolve this situation as quickly as possible filling this office with a competent, apolitical individual knowing well how the state functions and in what direction it should proceed. Mihkel Oviir has proven in the course of his long-time public service that he meets those requirements. For the above reasons, I propose the Riigikogu to appoint Mihkel Oviir to be Auditor General.

Keeping this important post vacant for some more months would work to disadvantage of the Estonian state and its image. Therefore, the position as if Auditor General could just as well be appointed by the next Riigikogu, is neither reasonable nor justified, and further hesitations could be interpreted by the public as a part of electioneering.

I am sure that the 9th Riigikogu will realize the need to rapidly fill the office of Auditor General and can pull themselves together to make a statesmanlike decision. With that, every Member of the Riigikogu would demonstrate being above his interests of day-to-day politicts. In the interests of continuity of the Estonian state, I am looking forward to your decision."

Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 3, 2003

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