Arnold Rüütel

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Arnold Rüütel
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President of Estonia
In office
8 October 2001 – 9 October 2006
Prime MinisterMart Laar
Siim Kallas
Juhan Parts
Andrus Ansip
Preceded byLennart Meri
Succeeded byToomas Hendrik Ilves
Chairman of the Supreme Council of Estonia
In office
29 March 1990 – 5 October 1992
Estonian SSR: 29 March 1990 – 8 May 1990
Prime MinisterEdgar Savisaar
Tiit Vähi
Preceded byEnn-Arno Sillari
Succeeded byLennart Meri (President)
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic
In office
8 April 1983 – 29 March 1990
Prime MinisterValter Klauson
Bruno Saul
Indrek Toome
First SecretaryKarl Vaino
Vaino Väljas
Preceded byJohannes Käbin
Succeeded byHimself (Chairman of the Supreme Council)
Personal details
Born (1928-05-10) 10 May 1928 (age 94)
Pahavalla, Estonia
Political partyCommunist Party (Before 1994)
People's Union (1994–2001, 2007–2012)
Independent (2001–2007)
Conservative People's Party (2012–present)
Spouse(s)Ingrid Rüütel
Children2
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Arnold Rüütel OIH (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈɑrnolʲdʲ ˈryːtelʲ]) (born May 10, 1928) is an 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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