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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Ex-Estonia PM quits deputy speaker role amid 'sexual harassment' claims

The allegations concern a trip to Kuala Lumpur
The allegations concern a trip to Kuala Lumpur

A former Estonia prime minister will step down as deputy speaker of the Baltic country's parliament after a scandal involving sexual harassment by members of an Estonian trade delegation during a visit to Malaysia last month.

Taavi Roivas has publicly apologised for improper conduct during a September 21 party in Kuala Lumpur, the Baltic News Agency said.

Mr Roivas was heading a trade delegation that went to Singapore and Malaysia.

He has indirectly confirmed reports by Eesti Paevaleht, one of Estonia's largest newspapers, that delegation members, including himself, behaved improperly toward women at the party.

Mr Roivas, a prime minister from 2014-2016, told BNS on Thursday he would remain in the 101-seat parliament, but it was not clear when he would step down as deputy speaker.


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