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Sven Mikser

Sven Mikser

Sven Mikser was born in Tartu, Estonia on 8 November 1973. He studied English and literature at the University of Tartu and was an Assistant in the Department of Germanic and Romance Philology. He started his political career in 1998 as the Political Secretary of the Estonian Centre Party. A year later in 1999, he became member of the IX Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) for 1999-2003. In 2002 he was appointed Defence Minister, and from 2003 - 07 he was a Member of the X Riigikogu. In addition to this he was also the Chairman of the National Defence Committee until 2005. He renewed his mandate of the XI Riigikogu for 2007-11, during which time he was the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Member of the European Union affairs committee. He renewed his mandate for the XII Riigikogu for 2011-2015 in the spring 2011 and is currently the Head of the Social Democratic Party Group in Riigikogu and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is the Leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) since autumn 2010.

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