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Estonia’s Ratas admits priority of holding government together amid scandals

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Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas

Estonian head of government Jüri Ratas has spoken against enmity and hateful relations between politicians as he voiced unity as his goal both nationally and in his difficult government.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that in an interview with the ETV current affairs show Esimene stuudio’s inaugural broadcast of the new season, Ratas made his remarks in response to a question from presenter Andres Kuusk, who had asked whether the current opposition of Reform and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) had picked the wrong enemy in such a career politician as himself.

«It is my hope that there are no enemies in Estonian politics. That is actually a bad situation. There are competitors – for sure, that must be the case and is understandable,» Ratas answered.

Speaking about divisions within his own coalition with the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and Isamaa, Ratas acknowledged that his main aim was to keep both executive and state in unity.

A split in the government arose in late August, when by turns, finance minister Martin Helme, and interior minister Mart Helme (both EKRE) unilaterally tried to remove police chief Elmar Vaher, claiming the latter had misled his staff on the issue of possible redundancies.

ERR reports that the episode was one of several controversies which have involved EKRE since the latter came to power.


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