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Jüri Ratas (born 2 July 1978) is an Estonian politician who is the current leader of the Centre Party and the Prime Minister of Estonia. He acted as the vice-president of the Riigikogu from 2007 to 2016 and Mayor of Tallinn from 2005 to 2007. As a mayor of Tallinn he initiated the European Green Capital programme.[1]

Jüri Ratas
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Ratas in 2015
17th Prime Minister of Estonia
Assumed office
23 November 2016
PresidentKersti Kaljulaid
Preceded byTaavi Rõivas
Leader of the Centre Party
Assumed office
5 November 2016
Preceded byEdgar Savisaar
Mayor of Tallinn
In office
15 November 2005 – 5 April 2007
Preceded byTõnis Palts
Succeeded byEdgar Savisaar
Personal details
Born (1978-07-02) 2 July 1978 (age 40)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political partyCentre Party
Spouse(s)Karin Ratas
Alma materTallinn University of Technology

In the 2015 Estonian parliamentary election, Ratas was re-elected to the parliament with 7,932 individual votes.[2] In March he was elected as the second deputy speaker of the Riigikogu.[3]

On 5 November 2016, Ratas was elected to succeed Edgar Savisaar as the leader of the Centre Party.[4]

After Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet split in November 2016 due to internal struggle, coalition talks began between Centre Party, Social Democratic Party, and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.[5] On 19 November, the three parties agreed on the conditions of the new coalition led by Ratas.[6] Ratas was sworn in as the prime minister of Estonia on 23 November.[7]


Personal lifeEdit

Ratas is married and has a daughter and three sons. His father is Estonian Center Party politician Rein Ratas.[8]

Ratas regards himself to be a believer and has completed the Alpha course at St. Olaf's Church.[9] Although in the press he has been described as a baptist,[10] he has denied this.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Archived July 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Riigikogu valimised 2015: Detailne hääletamistulemus". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Eiki Nestor re-elected as Parliament Speaker, Seeder and Ratas as deputies". ERR. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Jüri Ratas elected chairman of the Center Party". ERR. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Prime Minister loses no confidence vote, forced to resign". ERR. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Coalition agreement ready, ministries distributed". ERR. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. ^ "49th cabinet of Estonia sworn in under Prime Minister Jüri Ratas". ERR. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Peaminister Jüri Ratase perre sündis neljas laps". 13 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Oleviste koguduse vanempastor Siim Teekel annab Jüri Ratasele üle Piibli". Eesti Kirik. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Tallinna linnapea Jüri Ratas on baptist". Delfi Publik. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Vaata pikka intervjuud uue peaministriga". Eesti Televisioon. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tõnis Palts
Mayor of Tallinn
Succeeded by
Edgar Savisaar
Preceded by
Taavi Rõivas
Prime Minister of Estonia
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edgar Savisaar
Leader of the Centre Party