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Electoral college to decide Estonian presidential race

Published 23/09/2006

An electoral college will vote between the sitting president and an US-educated diplomat at the final stage of Estonia's presidential election.

President Arnold Ruutel, 78, is seeking re-election for another five-year term and is considered a front-runner in the race.

He has a good chance of keeping his job as the 101-seat Riigikogu, or parliament, failed to settle on a candidate in three earlier voting rounds in late August.

Ruutel's main rival is European Parliament member Toomas Hendrik Ilves, 52, a two-time foreign minister, former diplomat and journalist.

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