Estonia to get new government, first female PM

27 Janvier, 2021, 01:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Estonia’s new government sworn in with first female PM

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas introduced the objectives of the new Estonian government to her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin in a video call on Tuesday; the two heads of government also discussed cross-border travel between Estonia and Finland.

The center-right Reform Party, chaired by Kallas, and the left-leaning Center Party, which are Estonia's two biggest political parties, clinched a deal on Sunday to form a government replacing the previous Cabinet led by Center leader Juri Ratas that collapsed this month due to a corruption scandal.

She will be leading the new administration and will be the first to do so since 2016.

Estonia, a nation of 1.3 million, is now one of the few countries where both the head of state and the head of government are women. It will make sure that it learns from its previous mistakes and correct its ways.

"In addition to curbing the spread of the pandemic, we also prioritize stronger relations with our closest neighbors and allies, striving for climate neutrality, digital development, resolving the economic crisis and pursuing budgetary balance".

The Reform party, which won the 2019 election but was outmanoeuvred by Ratas, will have only seven of 15 ministers in the two-party cabinet, according to a list published by the Estonian public broadcaster.

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Ratas's resignation led to the end of the coalition of the Center Party, the Conservative People's Party, and the national-conservative Isamaa party. The EKRE leaders, Mart Helme and his son Martin, brought the government to the brink of collapse at least twice.

Her first Cabinet will see women in other key positions too as Reform's Keit Pentus-Rosimannus takes over the finance minister post and diplomat Eva-Maria Liimets becomes the foreign minister.

However, Ratas' government was eventually brought down on January 13 by a corruption scandal involving an official suspected of accepting a private donation for the Center Party in exchange for a political favour on a real estate development at the harbour district of the capital, Tallinn.

The official was suspected of accepting a private donation for the party in exchange for a political favor on a real estate project in the capital, Tallinn, The Associated Press reported.

Kallas ruled out straight away of including EKRE in her Cabinet, citing considerable differences in values.

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