04 Mar, 2019

Liberals top the polls in Estonia

On 3 March, Estonians went to polls to elect the 101 members of its parliament, Riigikogu, and ALDE member parties received more than half of the vote.

The Reform Party, led by former MEP Kaja Kallas, topped the poll with 28.8% of the vote and increased their number of seats by four to total 34 in the next Parliament. The Center Party, led by Jüri Ratas, finished in second place with 23.1% of the vote, which will translated into the loss of one seat from the last parliament.

Given the result, it is likely that Estonia will have its first female Prime Minister, the Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas, but coalition negotiations will begin shortly to try to form a majority in government.

Both parties have ruled out cooperation with the populist party EKRE.

A record number of voters casted their vote online, with close to 40% of the electorate casting their ballot online via E-voting.




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