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Estonia: Prime Minister Building New Cabinet

Tallinn, 28 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Estonian Prime Minister Tiit Vahi is today holding talks aimed at filling ministerial posts in his planned minority government.

Vahi seeks to fill five Cabinet positions left vacant after the Reform Party quit the ruling government coalition last week.

His "Coalition Party" last night announced its intention to form a minority government in alliance with the Farm Bloc. The two together would have 41 seats in the 101-seat parliament.

A spokeswoman for Vahi said he has several condidates for each of the posts, and that he is now trying to find the best candidates, and the ones most acceptable to the opposition.

A sixth vacant post, that of foreign minister, has been filled by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia's ambassador to the United States.