HELSINKI (AP) – A small conservative opposition party whose support is key in trying to form a majority government in Estonia following the break-up of the center-right coalition earlier this month said it would start power-sharing talks with two others. customers.
After days of speculation, the Isamaa party – or “Fatherhood” – has announced it will begin talks on forming a government coalition in the Baltic state with the opposition Social Democratic Party and the government’s center-right reformist party, led by Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
On 3 June, at the request of Kallas, Estonian President Alar Karis dismissed the center’s ministers from the bipartisan government following a dispute over social policy over wild inflation in Estonia, currently one of the highest in the eurozone.
That move left the Kallas Reform Party, which has 34 seats in the 101-member parliament, to rule alone in a minority government. Reform, the Social Democrats and the Isamaa Party would bring together a comfortable majority with 56 seats in the Riigikogu legislature.
Kallas praised Isama’s decision and said she hopes the parties will move forward quickly and form a coalition in the next few weeks.
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“These three parties have strong points in common in forming a government that will lead Estonia through crises, strengthen our security and give people a sense of economic security,” Kallas said in a Facebook post.
Kallas has been leading her party since 2018 and in 2021 she became the Prime Minister of Estonia, which has a population of 1.3 million.
The new government will be short-lived, with general elections scheduled for March in Estonia.
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