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Estonia: Far right set to enter government for first time
Three parties have inked a coalition agreement to form a new government in Estonia. The deal most likely spells the end of another party leader’s chances of becoming Estonia’s first female prime minister.
A far-right party is poised to enter Estonia’s government for the first time after the country’s biggest center-left party clinched a three-way coalition deal on Saturday.
The deal between the Center Party, the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and the conservative Fatherland party would return Center leader Juri Ratas (pictured) to the prime minister’s office after his first term ended earlier this week.
The deal foresees the Center Party controlling four ministries, including economic affairs and infrastructure.
EKRE leader Mart Helme would become interior minister and his son, Martin Helme, finance minister. The party would also control the environment, rural affairs, foreign trade and IT portfolios, while defense, justice, foreign affairs and culture would go to Fatherland.