Centre Right increase majority
The centre right coalition in Estonia has increased its majority. The Estonian Reform Party increased its number of seats from 31 to 33 (+2) in the 101 member parliament (Riigikogu). Their coalition partner Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica (IRL) increased their tally from 19 to 23 seats (+4).
The main opposition party the Estonian Centre Party dropped from 29 to 26 seats (-3) but the other main opposition party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) gained ten seats to go from 9 to 19 seats (+10).
The Estonian Greens (EER) lost all of their six seats and the People’s Union of Estonia (Rahvaliit) also lost all of their six seats.
The election was seen as a vote on the austerity measures that had been introduced by Prime Minister Andrus Ansip’s centre right coalition, rather than accepting a bailout as had happened in Ireland.
Turnout was 62.9%.