Estonia: Prime Minister resigns to form a new government

Estonia: Prime Minister resigns to form a new government

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas officially informed the government on Thursday (July 14) of her decision to resign as she wants to form a new government coalition.

Ms Kallas, who leads the centre-right Estonian Reform Party, has proposed calling a special sitting of parliament on Friday (July 15). On this occasion, she will ask for a mandate for her new government coalition with the conservative Isamaa party and the opposition Social Democratic Party.

“I will form a new government. In accordance with the Constitution, I have just announced that the current government will resign”explained Ms. Kallas on her account Twitter.

Estonian President Alar Karis accepted the resignation request: “I hope that the new government will be able to start its activities next week”he said on Twitter.

Estonia’s government crisis came to a head in June when Ms. Kallas kicked the left-leaning Center Party out of the two-party government coalition. The conflict erupted over disagreements over spending and welfare policies at a time when household burdens are skyrocketing due to high inflation.

Inflation rates in Estonia are among the highest in Europe, reaching 22% in June, according to information from Eurostat.

“Estonia is in good hands”said Ms. Kallas, highlighting the challenges posed by COVID-19, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the energy crisis.

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[Edité par Théo Bourgery]


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