Estonia: Government coalition collapses

Estonia: Government coalition collapses

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Friday (June 3rd) called for talks to form a new government as well as unity in the face of threats to the security of the neighborhood with Russia, following the collapse of the coalition between its members. formation and the Center Party.

Kaja Kallas was speaking to the press after President Alar Karis accepted his request to exclude Central Party ministers, including Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, from the government. «It is honest to acknowledge that this (coalition) agreement is out of date, and we will form a new coalition.She said. Ms Kallas’s Reform Party has proposed talks to form a coalition with Isamaa’s right-wing Conservatives and the Social Democrats.

“Common Understanding of the Threat”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has alerted the three Baltic countries, all members of the European Union and NATO. Kaja Kallas said she hoped the war would “open the eyes of all parties in parliament on the importance of a common understanding of the threatWhich weighs on Estonia as “Russia’s neighboring country». The future of Estonia can be assured not only by an increase in military spending but also by “thanks to the unity of our people and the unwavering will to defend our independenceShe also wrote on Facebook.

Prior to the formation of a new coalition, the incumbent ministers will take over the portfolios of those who have resigned. If talks fail, the government will collapse and new elections will have to be called.

The resignation of Central Party ministers comes after weeks of political stalemate, marked by a vote on an education bill. The Center Party had then voted with the far-right opposition party EKRE. The Central and Reform Parties have alternated with the government since Estonia regained its independence when the Soviet Union collapsed.

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