TALLINNOne of the biggest surprises of the March 2 parliamentary elections was the complete failure of the so-called Russian parties to break the 5 percent threshold. The two parties that have large followings among the Russian-speaking part of the population - Estonia's United People's Party and the Russian Party in Estonia - received 2.2 and 0.2 percent of the total votes respectively (11,114 and 990 votes) and were thus excluded from the political scene for the next four years.In the 1999 general elections EUPP received 6.1 percent and RPE received 2 percent of the votes, and thanks to a...
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