Estonia’s pro-Nato Reform Party wins parliamentary elections

Roivas' victory is said to have been heavily shaped by growing Russia-panic, prompted by events in Ukraine
Roivas’ victory is said to have been heavily shaped by growing Russia-panic, prompted by events in Ukraine

Estonian ruling party, the Reform Party, have claimed victory in the nation’s recent parliamentary elections.

The centre-right party was declared the winner late last night after ballots across the country were counted.

The Reform Party won with just 27.7% of the vote, shortly followed by the centre-left Centre Party, who claimed 24.8%. Although Reform’s number of votes dropped slightly since the last election in 2011 the party continues to hold the largest selection, and will be be tasked with forming Estonia’s next government.

The Reform party is led by Taavi Roivas, 35, who is the current Prime Minister and the European Union’s youngest head-of-state.

Following this vicotory Roivas’ pro-Nato policies will now continue into the next government, in a time where much of Estonia is concerned with the growing threat of Russian activities in the Baltic region.

Leading opposition group the Centre Party, despite holding a large proportion of votes, will be unable to form an opposing coalition after several groups refused to cooperate with the party. Centre, unlike the Reform Party, support pro-Moscow policies and have previously pushed for closer ties to Russia.

Under the last Reform-led coalition Estonia was one of the few members of Nato to uphold the recommended military spending budget, which is equal to around 2% of Estonia’s GDP.

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