Estonian ex-PM steps down as Parliament deputy after scandal

Posted: Updated:

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A former Estonia prime minister has said he will step down as deputy speaker of the Baltic country's parliament after a scandal involving sexual harassment by members of an Estonian trade delegation during a visit to Malaysia last month.

The Baltic News Agency says Taavi Roivas has publicly apologized for improper conduct during a Sept. 21 party in Kuala Lumpur. Roivas was heading a trade delegation that went to Singapore and Malaysia.

He has indirectly confirmed reports by Eesti Paevaleht, one of Estonia's largest newspapers, that delegation members, including himself, behaved improperly toward women at the party.

Roivas, a prime minister 2014-2016, told BNS on Thursday that he would remain in the 101-seat parliament, but it wasn't clear when he would step down as deputy speaker.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."