On Sunday 15 October, Estonia held elections for local councils with both ALDE Party member parties – the Centre Party and the Reform Party – performing well and maintaining their leading positions.
Center Party – the party led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas – gained an absolute majority in Tallinn and obtained 27.3% country-wide.
In a speech on Sunday evening, Ratas said that the party would now focus on the 2019 Riigikogu elections: "2003 was the year when the Center Party last won the Riigikogu elections. In 2019, 16 years will have passed since then. Today’s result means that we’ll continue the work to win the 2019 Riigikogu elections.”
With 19.5% of all votes cast, Reform Party obtained its best result ever in local elections, doubling its seats in Tallinn and maintaining their leading position outside the capital city.
In a statement, reform Party leader Hanno Pevkur said: “Reform party made the best result ever across Estonia in regional elections. This result gives reassurance that we are on the correct path and provides confidence to our approach for the 2019 national elections.”
Täname, et toetasid tugevat Eestit. pic.twitter.com/WZekBVHHyn— Eesti Reformierakond (@reformikad) October 16, 2017
Estonia currently holds the rotating Presidency of the European Council and recently Prime Minister Jüri Ratas took part to lunch discussion as part of a joint event series of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the ALDE Party,. He focused his speech on the first half of the Estonian Presidency. If you missed it, find all the details here.