Estonia gets new government, first female PM

Seven ministers from the Reform Party and seven from the Centre Party, as well as the county's first female Prime Minister and former MEP, Kaja Kallas (Reform Party), will form Estonia's new two-party government. [EPA-EFE/VALDA KALNINA]

Seven ministers from the Reform Party and seven from the Centre Party, as well as the county’s first female prime minister and former MEP, Kaja Kallas (Reform Party), will form Estonia’s new two-party government.

The Centre Party was holding the PM’s chair in the last government, while the Reform Party was in opposition despite winning the 2019 elections.

The foreign minister post will also go to a woman, the current Estonian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Eva-Maria Liimets, according to Estonian News Agency.

The government still needs to pass a vote in parliament, though this should be a formality. Both parties currently have 59 seats in the 101-seat Riikikogu. Following the corruption allegations against now-former PM Jüri Ratas which led to his government’s resignation a week ago, corruption prevention will be topping the new government’s agenda.

Meanwhile, the populist Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the centre-right party, Isamaa will be in opposition. (Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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