Pro-Kiev vote claims election victory — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas called Ukraine a “strong mandate” to continue its support against Russia
Estonia’s ruling Reform Party fared better than expected in parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on Sunday, as her main rival helped her win. “stolen” in a week-long electronic voting.
Estonians who did not vote online went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament, with the final results counted early Monday morning. Center-right Reform is expected to win 31.9% of the vote and 37 seats in the 101-seat legislature, while its far-right rival, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (SPE), has 15.8% and 17 seats. .
“This result … gives us a strong mandate to establish good government.” Callas told his supporters on Sunday evening that the flow of aid to Kyiv would continue without interruption, as with other parties. “chose that path.”
EKRE leader Martin Helme said on election night that they “Unlike those who stole our well-deserved victory, did everything right and honestly.” He promised “Complaining about electronic voting in court” and don’t acknowledge them until the results are gone “see logs, code sections.”
Since 2021, under Kallas’ leadership, Estonia, along with other Baltic states, has become one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in the face of conflict with Moscow, pledging about 1% of GDP to the military in Kiev and strongly supporting EU sanctions. According to Russia.
Kallas has several potential junior partners with whom to negotiate a new governing coalition, including Estonia 200 with 13.6% of the vote, the Social Democrats with 9.4% and the Homeland party with 8.3%. However, he questioned the commitment of his Center Party (14.5%) to help Ukraine and openly denied any discussions with EKRE, accusing Helme of focusing too much on Estonia. “self-interest”.
“We never doubted our support for Ukraine. We have never questioned Estonia’s membership in NATO. In an interview with the AP agency, Helme emphasized the existence of the current leadership “Basically, we gave all our heavy weapons to Ukraine” At the cost of Estonia’s national security. The party has also come under fire for others “populist” ideas such as seeking to limit the flow of refugees, including Ukrainians, to protect Estonian workers.
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