Juri Ratas may address parliament already on Wednesday

  • 2019-04-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid may make a proposal to Center Party leader and Prime Minister Juri Ratas to form the new government already on Tuesday or Wednesday, even though the president herself will at the time be on a state visit to Portugal and already in Moscow a day later, public broadcaster ERR reports.

The prime minister's office and the president's office have allegedly taken into consideration that Ratas could participate in the vote before the parliament on Wednesday, although neither office wishes to confirm it officially yet.

In order to grant the powers for forming a government, the president does not have to physically meet the prime minister candidate, but the head of state can formalize the relevant decision also while away from Estonia.

There will be no parliament sittings next week. The ministers of Juri Ratas' new government will likely take the oath of office before the Riigikogu on April 29 and the new government will assume office.

The Estonian parliament on Monday did not grant chair of the Reform Party Kaja Kallas authorization to form the new government. Altogether 45 members of the Riigikogu voted for giving Kallas said authorization, 53 were against it and two members did not vote.

The Reform Party, which won the recent general elections, holds 34 seats in parliament, while the Social Democratic Party (SDE) has 10. The three parties to have signed a coalition agreement -- the Center Party, Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) and Isamaa -- have 25 seats, 19 seats and 12 seats, respectively, making up a total of 56 seats in the 100-seat parliament.