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The President of the Republic appointed the new government to office

President Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg signed a resolution to appoint to office the Government of the Republic in the following composition:

The Prime Minister - Andrus Ansip
The Minister of Agriculture - Ester Tuiksoo
The Minister of Culture - Raivo Palmaru
The Minister of Defence - Jaak Jõerüüt
The Minister of Education and Science - Mailis Reps
The Minister of Economy and Communications - Edgar Savisaar
The Minister of Environment - Villu Reiljan
The Minister of Finance - Aivar Sõerd
The Minister of Foreign Affairs - Urmas Paet
The Minister of Internal Affairs - Kalle Laanet
The Minister of Justice - Rein Lang
The Minister of Regional Affairs - Jaan Õunapuu
The Minister of Social Affairs - Jaak Aab
Minister - Paul-Eerik Rummo

Before signing the resolution, President Rüütel thanked Andrus Ansip for his quick and efficient activity in forming the Government of the Republic. Addressing the future government, the Head of State expressed his satisfaction over the fact that the new coalition agreement had put the most important thing - a man - in the foreground. "When I met with Mr. Ansip a dozen days ago, we reached an understanding that valuing of Estonian people was a complex task that we could not postpone. Now you have set your goal to take better care of children and the elderly people, to promote enterprising people and to support those who are in need. But there is still another urgent task: to restore the confidence of people in politicians and their faith in the possibility of selfless politics. This task could be fulfilled provided you sincerely served the people and kept the given promises," President Rüütel said.

"I wish that the decisions made by the Government would be consistent and balanced, and would strengthen the ties between generations and would look into the future. Designing measures to support families, entrepreneurial environment and nature protection we have to solve today's problems, but at the same time we have to bear in mind long-term targets," the President of the Republic added and wished the new Government success in its endeavours.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, April 12, 2005

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