Jüri Ratas resigns as Estonian prime minister amid corruption scandal
14 Jan 2021

Jüri Ratas resigned as prime minister of Estonia and head of the Centre Party on Wednesday, amid allegations of corruption against his party.

On Tuesday, the Estonian Public Prosecutor’s Office announced it suspected the Centre Party and five individuals, including its Secretary-General Mihhail Korb, were involved in “possible corruption” in relation to allegations of influence peddling and bribery over the Porto Franco property development project in Tallinn.

Ratas said in a statement published on Facebook that while he had been told he was not personally implicated in the allegations and had never knowingly made any “malevolent or knowingly wrong” decisions during his time as PM, he was taking “political responsibility” and stepping aside.

By Merlin Sugue, Politico, 13 January 2021

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