Alar Karis was elected President of Estonia to the country’s parliament on Tuesday, following an election in which he was the only candidate.
Karis, director of the Estonian National Museum, received 72 votes out of 101, according to local media.
Karis, a former auditor, ran as an independent candidate with the support of the two ruling parties: the Estonian Reform Party and the Estonian Center Party. No other candidate registered by the Saturday night deadline.
In a first round of voting on Monday, Karis failed to garner enough support, missing the necessary 68 votes by five. He spoke with the opposition parties before the second round.
Kersti Kaljulaid’s five-year term as President expires on October 10.