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Estonian presidential vote enters third round.

Riga, Dhu-AlQa'dah 27, 1437, Aug 30, 2016, SPA -- Estonia's parliament failed to elect a new president in a second round of voting Tuesday, after no candidate secured the necessary two-thirds majority needed to clinch the election. According to dpa, the inconclusive outcome means parliamentarians will vote in a third round later Tuesday, during which new candidates for the largely ceremonial post can be nominated. In the second round, former EU commissioner Siim Kallas, a member of the ruling Reform Party, came closest to the required 68 votes in the parliament's 101 member plenary, receiving 45 votes in the secret ballot. Former education minister Mailis Reps of the Centre Party received 32 votes, while Allar Joks of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union party received 21 votes. If parliament fails to elect a president in the three rounds, an electoral body of regional politicians will convene within one month to elect someone. --SPA 17:54 LOCAL TIME 14:54 GMT

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