Showdown over budget could sink government

  • 1998-11-05
  • Denise Albrighton
TALLINN - The stage appeared to have been set for a showdown this week as the draft budget bill went back and forth between the government and Parliament. Parliament threw out the government's draft 1999 budget Oct. 28 at its first reading - setting a precedent and possibly forcing the eventual resignation of the government. According to Estonian law, the government would be forced to step down if its budget bill has not been accepted by March. The country is already due to stage elections at this time. The motion to withdraw the bill from parliamentary proceedings was moved by the United O...
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