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Reform Party leader fails to gather support to form Estonia’s new government

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEstonia’s Riigikogu decided on Monday, 15 April, to not entrust formation of the new government to Reform Party’s leader Kaja Kallas, who was officially nominated by President Kersti Kaljulaid as prime minister candidate on 5 April.

Kallas received support from 45 deputies, whereas 53 voted against, two abstained in the vote and one deputy never showed up for the vote.

In the parliamentary elections held in Estonia in March, the liberal Reform Party gained 34 seats in Riikikogu, the Centre Party gained 26, the populist and nationalistic Conservative People’s Party gained 19, the national conservative party Fatherland gained 12, and the Social Democrats Party gained 10 seats. To form a functional majority government, the coalition needs to control at least 51 seats in the parliament.

Kallas had initially invited the Centre Party to attend government formation talks, but the party declined, so the Conservative People’s Party and Fatherland were invited next. Both these parties accepted the offer and after talks that lasted three weeks their leaders finally signed the coalition agreement.

The president, meanwhile, fulfilling the previously given promise to entrust formation of the government first to the chairperson of the party that gained the most votes in elections, nominated Kallas for the prime minister post at the beginning of April.

Last week the reform party commenced talks with Social Democrats Party and even published a document on possible government’s work principles on Saturday. Leaders of both parties admitted later on that they are pessimistic about their chances of securing support from the parliament.

The current Estonian government led by Centre Party’s leader Jüri Ratas announced its resignation after the first meeting of the new parliament. This government will continue working until a new Cabinet of Ministers has been compiled.

According to unofficial information, parliament’s vote regarding Centre Party, Conservative People’s Party and Fatherland government could take place 29 April.


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  1. khff says:

    They are globalists thats why they failed. Right wing party won and starts on on 29th of April. Yess

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