Arnold Rüütel

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Arnold Rüütel
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3rd President of the Republic of Estonia
In office
October 8, 2001 – October 9, 2006
Prime Minister Mart Laar
Siim Kallas
Juhan Parts
Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Lennart Meri
Succeeded by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (From May 8, 1990: Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia)
In office
March 29, 1990 – October 5, 1992
Prime Minister Edgar Savisaar, Tiit Vähi
Preceded by Enn-Arno Sillari
Succeeded by President Lennart Meri
Personal details
Born May 10, 1928 (1928-05-10) (age 89)
Laimjala Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia
Political party Conservative People's Party of Estonia
Spouse(s) Ingrid Rüütel
Children 2
Profession Agronomist
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Arnold Rüütel OIH (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈɑrnolʲdʲ ˈryːtelʲ]) (born May 10, 1928) is a Estonian politician.

He served as the last Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR from April 8, 1983 to March 29, 1990, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR (from May 8, 1990: Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia) from March 29, 1990 to October 6, 1992 and was the third President of the Republic of Estonia from October 8, 2001 to October 9, 2006.

He was the second President since Estonia regained independence in 1991. Rüütel also served as one of fifteen Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

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