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The Estonian elections won by the opposition right-wing liberal

In Estonia victory in parliamentary elections held March 3, was won by the right-wing liberal opposition of the reform Party. She took first place by number of votes (29%), receiving 34 seats out of 101. The centrist party of outgoing Prime Minister jüri Ratas took the second place with 23% of votes and 26 seats in Parliament. The opposition Conservative people’s party (EKRE) took third place with 17.8 percent and 19 seats in the unicameral Parliament, the Riigikogu.

The leader of the reform Party, former MEP Kaja Kallas said that it was ready for talks on forming a ruling coalition with all parties except the far-right Conservative people’s party (EKRE). In Estonia the right of a governing coalition party gets, won first place in the elections.

According to the results of the elections March 3 in the Estonian Parliament passed the party of the Fatherland (Isamaa, 12 mandates) and the Social democratic party (10 seats). Not overcome the five percent electoral threshold party “Estonia 200” (4,5%), “Green Estonia” (1.8%) and “Wealth of life” (1,2%). Voter turnout was 63% of the total electorate.

In the outgoing Parliament, the ruling coalition were the Centrist party of Prime Minister jüri Ratas, the Social democratic party and the party “Fatherland”.

France-Presse recalled that the centre party and the reform Party — the leading Estonian party, successive to power, and ruled together in coalition in the last quarter century.

The leader of the “reformists” Kaja Kallas after the elections pointed to significant differences in the programs with the Centrist party on the issues of taxes, citizenship, and education in the Estonian language. Centrists favor an increase by 8.4% and replace the flat income tax (with a rate of 20%) on progressive taxation. The reform party promises to lower income tax and social security contributions (primarily to Fund assistance to unemployed persons).

The centre party has traditionally supported the Russian school, in favour of the abolition of the status of non-citizens and maintaining good relations with Russia. In the program of the Party of reform — the creation of a unified system of education and translation by 2030 Russian schools to the Estonian language.

The success of the Estonian Conservative people’s party (EKRE) reflects the General European trend in the growth of the rating of the extreme right and populists. On Sunday’s elections EKRE significantly improved their performance compared to the previous vote four years ago: the number of votes received has increased from 8 to nearly 18% in the Parliament the party won 12 seats more than last time. Conservative people’s party opposes gay marriage, the influx of migrants and further centralization and federalization of the device of the European Union.

Source:ru.rfi.fr
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