Agence France-PresseFebruary 23, 2014 20:02
Estonia's centre-right prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said Sunday he will step down on March 4 to clear the way for candidates to succeed him in elections next year.
His resignation had been expected after he said in 2012 that he would not try for another mandate. He has run the government of the small ex-Soviet Baltic country, population 1.3 million, for the past nine years.
Ansip made the announcement in a speech on the eve of Estonia's Independence Day celebrations.
"I said two years ago that this government would be the last I would lead," he said.