Estonian Parliament confirms Prime Minister Kallas to lead new government

VILNIUS: new Estonian coalition has voted to reappoint Prime Minister Kaja Kallasin a move likely to ensure the stability of the European Union state until the March 2023 elections.
The three-party coalition of the Liberal Reform Party of Kallas, the conservative Isamaa Party and the center-left Social Democratic Party together has 55 members in a 101-seat parliament.
The new government will be sworn in on Monday. Each party will appoint five cabinet ministers, with Isamaa’s Urmas Reinsalu becoming foreign minister.
Kallas has led a minority government since ousting junior coalition partner the Center Party on June 3 after it sided with a far-right group in parliament to vote against the government reforms of primary education.
The coalition agreed to request a vote at a later date on switching to Estonian language only for pre-school and primary education by 2024.
Almost a quarter of the population of the European Union and a NATO member country of 1.3 million people are of Russian origin, according to government figures.


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