Estonian PM survives no-confidence vote

  • 18:09 30 August 2019

Estonian PM survives no-confidence vote

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday called by the opposition after a minister from his junior coalition partner, the far-right EKRE party, tried to fire the head of the police force, ONA reports citing Reuters.

Ratas, whose three-party coalition has held power for just four months, was supported by 55 lawmakers, compared with 40 who voted against him. The motion had been expected to fail as the government has 56 seats in the 101-seat parliament.

The vote was called by the Reform party, the biggest opposition group, after Finance Minister Martin Helme of EKRE tried to fire Estonia’s top policeman over a row about funding.

Despite the row, Ratas said he still had confidence in all his ministers.

“We have had a number of tough moments between coalition partners, but I assume all governments have had them,” he said.