Tallinn Opposition Parties Ready to Cooperate ({{commentsTotal}})

Andres Anvelt
Andres Anvelt Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The three opposition parties on the Tallinn City Council have affirmed that they are willing to form a coalition against the Center Party.

“If the three of us win more than 50 percent of the votes, giving us the chance to form a coalition, then I am ready to promise that whichever one of us gathers the most votes will be the mayor and we will make the coalition happen,” IRL's candidate for mayor of Tallinn, Eerik-Niiles Kross, said on Thursday, speaking on the TV3 program “Kolmeraudne.”

His Reform Party and Social Democrat counterparts, Valdo Randpere and Andres Anvelt respectively, both said they agree with the idea.

Anvelt said they have refrained from such promises in the fear that Russian-speaking voters would turn their backs on the party.

Four years ago, at the last local elections, the Center Party won 44 seats out of 79 in the council, while the Reform Party, IRL and the Social Democrats won 14, 13 and 8 respectively.

A recent poll conducted by Emor found that 44 percent of Tallinn voters support current mayor, Edgar Savisaar, continuing his job, while Kross was backed by 12 percent, Anvelt 9 percent and Randpere 7 percent.