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Leader of Estonian Reform Party to become PM

It is the first time that the political force wins the parliamentary election; according to the official results, the pro-Western Reform Party came first in the voting, leaving pro-Russian Center party behind
08:48, 4 March 2019

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The winner of the parliamentary election in Estonia is Party of Reforms, Eesti Reformierakond. The pro-Western political force claimed 28.8 percent of votes, thus leaving the opposition camp and gaining the majority of seats in the Parliament. 

The Republican Electoral Committee reports that Center party, the pro-Russian political force came second and claimed 23.1 percent of votes.

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The Conservative People's Party (EKRE), which endorses the ideas of nationalism and limitation of immigration, got 17.8 percent.

The MPs elect the President of the Republic, who is a nominal figure; instead, the full extent of executive power goes to the Prime Minister, the leader of the winning party or the parliamentary coalition.

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The leader of Estonian Reform Party Kaja Kallas is considered by most of the analytics as the influential figure that is capable of negotiating with the other political forces so as to shape the coalition government. The 41-year-old politician is the ex-MEP; she chaired the party less than a year ago.

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