Estonian prime minister’s party wins parliamentary elections | Europe

With just over 31% of the votes, the party of the current prime minister of Estonia secured victory in this Sunday’s legislative elections and is preparing to form a new government with Kaja Kallas at the helm.

The Reform Party secured 37 seats in parliament (with 101), 20 more than the second most voted political force, the far-right EKRE. In third place, a short distance away both in percentage of votes and in number of deputies, was the Center Party, which until 2021 headed the executive.

Over the last year, Kaja Kallas has made support for Ukraine one of her priorities and, despite the fact that inflation in Estonia is above 18% and that the opposition holds it responsible, this Sunday’s result surpasses that obtained by the Reform Party in the elections of 2019, in which he had already been the most voted. At the time, Kallas was unable to form a coalition, which allowed Jüri Ratas, from the Center Party, to remain in power, with the support of EKRE and the Pátria party.

“I think with such a strong mandate, the [apoio à Ucrânia] it will not change, because the other parties, except EKRE and perhaps the Center, have chosen the same path”, declared Kaja Kallas, quoted by the Associated Press.

“We have to make big investments, for example regarding the green transition. And we must invest in our security – our aggressive neighbor [a Rússia] it has not disappeared and will not disappear, so we have to work with it”, he added.

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