Konstantin Päts was one of the three members of the Salvation Committee that issued the Estonian Declaration of Independence on 24 February 1918. On the same day Päts was appointed Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of the Interior of the newly proclaimed Republic of Estonia. Under the subsequent German occupation, he was arrested by the German authorities and spent June to November in a prison camp in Poland. After returning to Estonia he became the Prime Minister and the Minister of War of the Provisional Government, in which posts he served until 8 May 1919.

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