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Estonian Justice Minister survives no-confidence vote over comments on violence against women

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Estonian Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu

Estonian Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu has endured a no-confidence vote in the Estonian parliament over him expressing regret that he had previously condemned violence against women.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that with 81 of 101 MPs taking part in the vote in Riigikogu, 46 supported the motion, none voted against and 35 abstaned from voting. The parliamentary opposition submitted that no-confidence motion against Reinsalu earlier in January after the Estonian Justice minister ‘s statements that he regrets having previously criticised violent actions against women.

The Justice Minister voiced the view in the context of a debate in the Estonian society over Tallinn’s NO99 theatre and possibly director Tiit Ojasoo being entrusted with the cultural programme of Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid’s upcoming Independence Day reception after criticism against Ojasoo for physically attacking his female colleague.

Reportedly, NO99 theatre has been selected to prepare the artistic part of the event to be attended by close to 1 500 people in the National Museum of Tartu.

However, 104 signatories have sent a public letter to the President objecting to the choice, as would mean that the theatre’s most successful director Tiit Ojasoo would be involved in the 100th Independence Day celebrations, but Kaljulaid has responded that the perpetrator has fulfilled the conditions of his subsequent agreement with the victim.

Ojasoo was covered in the Estonian press for weeks in the summer of 2016 when it became known that in January 2009 he had pushed a colleague hard enough for her to fall into a pile of snow and kicked her twice in the stomach and the thighs.

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