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Estonia's Coalition Government Appears On Verge Of Collapse


Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas

Estonia's pro-Western government entered the week on the verge of collapse, with two junior coalition partners calling on Prime Minister Taavi Roivas to resign and the opposition calling for a vote of no confidence.

Rovias's center-right Reform Party, the Social Democrats, and the conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union are reportedly at odds over economic, social, and educational policies, leaving Roivas little room to maneuver to save his three-party government.

The coalition, formed in April 2015, held 59 seats in the 101-member parliament, led by the Reform Party's 30 seats.

The Reform Party leadership plans to meet on November 9 to discuss the calls for Roivas's resignation.

The coalition's junior partners, meanwhile, are reportedly pursuing talks on the formation of a new government with the pro-Moscow Center Party. With 27 seats, the Center Party is the second largest in parliament and is popular with Estonia's large ethnic Russian minority.

Adding to Roivas's woes, the opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in him. Without the support of coalition partners, he cannot survive the vote.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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