Estonian president starts consultations with parliament parties

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Monday started consultations with parliament parties about forming a new government.

The president met first with representatives of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) and is to meet with a delegation of the junior partner in the present ruling coalition, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), later in the day.

The meeting with representatives of the other opposition force, the Centre Party, is set for Tuesday and politicians from the prime minister’s Reform Party are to meet with the president on Wednesday. The Centre Party said it will convene a board meeting before the talks with Ilves.

“I really hope that when representatives of the parliamentary parties arrive, they have their own propositions, their vision on how to proceed, with whom to cooperate,” Ilves said last week after Prime Minister Andrus Ansip tendered his resignation.

The president has 14 days starting from last Tuesday to nominate a prime minister candidate.

The Reform Party and SDE started talks about forming a government coalition at the end of last week.

Source: BNS / Estonian Review

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