19 Oct, 2021

Estonians vote liberal in local elections

On 17 October, ALDE Party members Eesti Keskerakond (Centre Party) and Eesti Reformierakond (Reform Party) won 24.4% and 17.3% of the votes respectively in the Estonian local elections. No other party running in these elections managed to secure more votes, which proves the strong support for liberals in the country. The turnout in these elections was 54.8%.

Parliament President and former prime minister Jüri Ratas led the Centre Party to become the most successful party, and incumbent Tallin mayor, Mihhail Kõlvart (Centre Party), came out as the most popular politician, even increasing his share of the votes. Kõlvart will now need to find a coalition partner to govern the country’s capital.

Ratas also thanked all the voters in Mastamäe, his voting district in Tallin, where he got elected as member of the city council.

The Centre Party announced on Monday that it has already started coalition negotiations with “the aim of promoting local life and delivering on its promises. The Centre Party has always stood for a regionally balanced Estonian development, which was proven in the past”.

Prime Minister and Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas, also thanked her supporters in the speech she gave after the announcement of the election result and declared that even though Estonia is still going through heavy reforms, the Reform Party is strong.

′′I would first like to say a very big thank you to everyone. I will say this sincerely, after talking to other people who have come to us from other parties, that there is no structure so strong anywhere else," she said.

Moreover, The Alliance Of Her alumnae Heidy Purga and Yoko Alender were re-elected to the Tallinn city council. To learn more about the Alliance Of Her Programme, visit here

Photo credit: Jüri Ratas and Stenbocki maja

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