TALLINN - Estonian President Lennart Meri delivered a sharp warning against stagnation when he addressed the public Dec. 1 in what appeared to be criticism of the country's ruling coalition government. In a speech broadcast on television, Meri spoke of the "worn out patterns of thought, bureaucratization, and routine solutions" that threatened Estonia. The president was speaking on the occasion of the declaration of the ninth Parliament elections, the third since Estonia regained its independence, to take place on March 7, 1999. The speech appeared to take a swipe at the ruling KMU minority...
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