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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Meri Challengers

TALLINN, Estonia () -- Two more candidates stepped forward Tuesday to challenge Estonian President Lennart Meri as he renews his bid for a second term in office.


A 374-strong electoral college will vote on Meri's re-election Sept. 20 after it was rejected three times by the Baltic state's parliament last month.


Right-wing politician Tunne Kelam, rated as a strong candidate, and the deputy leader of the leftist Center Party, Sirri Oviir, said they would stand against Meri. Meri's archrival Arnold Ruutel, a former Communist and a leader of Estonia's drive to regain its independence in 1991, was the only other confirmed candidate.