Two of the biggest political parties of Estonia have said that they have finalised a deal to form a new government. It will be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history. The new government will replace the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal earlier this month.
The party councils of the opposition, centre-right Reform Party and the ruling party. Meanwhile, on Sunday (24 January 2021), left-leaning Center Party were expected to vote in support of joining a Cabinet led by Reform’s prime minister-designate and chairwoman Kaja Kallas.
Both the political parties are prepared to have seven ministerial portfolios in the 14-member government. Reportedly, the government would muster a majority at the 101-seat Riigikogu Parliament.
In a joint statement, it was informed that the Reform Party and the Center Party “will form a government that will continue to effectively resolve the COVID-19 crisis, keep Estonia forward-looking and develop all areas and regions of our country.”
At the beginning of January, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that tackling Estonia’s worsening coronavirus situation and the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic should be an immediate priority for the new government. Kaljulaid is now expected to appoint Kallas’ Cabinet in the next few days.
Kaljulaid has assigned Kallas to form the new government in the country since her pro-business and pro-entrepreneurship Reform Party emerged as the winner of Estonia’s March 2019 general election.
After getting approval from lawmakers, 43 years old Kallas will become the first female head of government in the history of Estonia.