Estonian President Arnold Ruutel has formally approved the country's new government, three weeks after the previous ruling coalition collapsed.

The president's action followed a parliamentary vote confirming Andrus Ansip and his coalition government.

The 48-year-old Mr. Ansip was the minister of economics and communications minister in the previous government.

The new coalition brings together Mr. Ansip's Reform Party, the Centre Party and the People's Union.

Estonia's previous prime minister, Juhan Parts, resigned last month after lawmakers voted no-confidence in his justice minister.

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