Finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) is to go on maternity leave in late summer. Current justice minister Maris Lauri (Reform) will deputize for her while she is on leave.
Pentus-Rosimannus announced via her social media account Saturday that the baby is expected for the end of summer.
"I will continue to work as before, until such time as the new family member permits. After the birth, I will be replaced by the Minister of Justice Maris Lauri for the time until my return, according to official replacement procedure," Pentus-Rosimannus, who became a minister with the entry into office of the Reform-Center coalition in January, noted, adding she hoped she would not be away for too long.
Maris Lauri told ERR that as a minister, one must be prepared for such an eventuality, adding that while she would necessarily have a heavier workload in juggling the two portfolios: "I think my background helps me. I have sat on the Riigikogu's finance committee for a lengthy period of time, and I have also been the minister of finance for a brief time (which she did from November 2014-Apri 2015 - ed.)."
This article was updated to include comments from Maris Lauri.
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