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04-06-2011, 03:55 PM
President Appoints New Cabinet (http://news.err.ee/Politics/6e14b420-21bb-4dbb-839b-bf51047ac365)

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and the new ministers were inaugurated today by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Kadriorg.

"The strong parliamentary majority won in the election gives you a mandate and an opportunity to make decisions based on that majority. However, sound political culture means that different opinions also get noticed and taken into account," Ilves reminded the new ministers on the occasion.

"I advise you to keep in mind, while putting the coalition agreement in practice, that on election day nearly half of the voters chose different goals and means of attaining them. [...] A democratic and mature society arises from dialogue, taking the form of a meaningful dialogue between the coalition and opposition in Parliament. You have worked out and put forward your standpoint. Now it's the opposition's turn."

The president also called on the cabinet to bring public debate out of Parliament and its committees, and to listen to NGOs, professional associations and non-partisan experts. "Let involvement be the byword of the new cabinet," Ilves said, "but give it back its true meaning. Involvement does not mean lending an ear and asking for a formal endorsement of bills. Involvement means making decisions together, an active participation of equal partners in a political process that could be called deliberative democracy."

The new cabinet appointed on April 5:

Prime Minister – Andrus Ansip (Reform),
Minister of Education and Research – Jaak Aaviksoo (IRL),
Minister of Justice – Kristen Michal (Reform),
Minister of Defense – Mart Laar (IRL),
Minister of the Environment – Keit Pentus (Reform),
Minister of Culture – Rein Lang (Reform),
Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications – Juhan Parts (IRL),
Minister of Agriculture – Helir-Valdor Seeder (IRL),
Minister of Finance – Jürgen Ligi (Reform),
Minister for Regional Affairs – Siim Valmar Kiisler (IRL),
Minister of the Interior – Ken-Marti Vaher (IRL),
Minister of Social Affairs – Hanno Pevkur (Reform),
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Urmas Paet (Reform).