The former Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas has stepped down as deputy speaker of the parliament following press accounts of alleged sexual harassment during a trade mission to Malaysia, Estonian media reported on October 13.
On October 12, the Estonian newspaper Eesti Paevaleht quoted an unnamed woman as saying Roivas sexually harassed her during a party in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Roivas was in Malaysia and Singapore as part of an Estonian trade mission.
The woman said Roivas kissed her “very aggressively, which was unpleasant. “What happened next was completely out of control, he pulled up my dress and groped me,” she said.
Roivas only said he had danced “too close” to the woman, a fact that he did not realise at the time. He described charges as unfair and politically motivated.
Eesti Paevaleht’s editor Urmo Soonvald told the news website ERR that the account of the events in Kuala Lumpur that he published was in fact toned down “to protect the families of the people involved.”
“We all understand that if Taavi Roivas hadn’t conducted himself the way our source described, he wouldn’t have apologized to the Estonian people, to his family, and resigned from the position of deputy speaker. He knows why he is resigning,” Soonvald said.
The story of the ex-PM’s alleged misconduct ran just before the local election in Estonia, which took place on October 15. According to early results, the ruling Centre Party won the contest at 27.3% of the vote. Roivas’ Reform Party was third at 19.5%.
The EU and Armenia signed a comprehensive and advanced partnership agreement and a common aviation area agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit on November 24, according to an ... more
The finance ministers of the European Union member states have called for the creation of a blacklist of tax havens to crack down on tax dodging, the ministers said at a meeting in Brussels on ... more
Labour productivity increased faster than the growth of labour costs in the Estonian business sector in the first half of the year, Eesti Pank (The Bank of Estonia) announced on October 25. ... more