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Estonia: Juri Ratas secures parliament's support to form new govt


Devdiscourse News Desk Estonia
Updated: 17-04-2019 21:11 IST
Estonia:  Juri Ratas secures parliament's support to form new govt

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Estonia's Centre.party leader Juri Ratas secured parliament's support on Wednesday to continue as prime minister and form a new government that will bring a far-right party into the cabinet for the first time. Ratas secured support from 55 lawmakers in parliament, exceeding the 51 votes required to form a new government and continue as prime minister.

Ratas, prime minister since late 2016, lost a March 3 election in which the centre-right Reform Party emerged the largest party. Ratas blocked Reform's leader Kaja Kallas from taking power by agreeing a surprise coalition between his left-leaning Centre, the conservative Fatherland.party and the far-right EKRE, giving the three parties a majority in parliament.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : Estonia

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