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Estonia: Right-Wing Parties Win Elections

Tallinn, 22 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Preliminary results of the Estonian municipal elections show the right-wing Reform Party winning in the capital city Tallinn, the second-largest city, Tartu and several other towns.

The party will have 14 seats in the Tallinn city council. The joint list of the right-wing Pro Patria Union and the Moderates will have 10 seats.

The left-oriented Center Party electoral alliance and the electoral alliance Tallinn (led by the ruling Coalition Party) will have 12 seats in the council. The Russian Party in Estonia gained 11 seats and the Russian-speakers' United People's Party took 5 seats.

The turnout was 52 percent. The official results of the elections will be made public on October 27.