Political Landscape Out of Control, Analyst Says ({{commentsTotal}})

Anu Toots Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The recent developments on Estonian political scene make it very difficult for President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to find a candidate for prime minister who could put together a functioning government, political scientist Anu Toots said.

In an interview to ERR radio today, Toots said “the situation is out of control” and admitted that Siim Kallas’s surprise withdrawal and the nomination of Taavi Rõivas, currently the Minister of Social Affairs, in his place came as a surprise to her.

She said, in reality, the Reform Party "has the look" of former prime minister Andrus Ansip and the main ideas mentioned by Rõivas yesterday echo Ansip’s political line. The three points - raising child benefits, increasing security and lowering labor taxes - require a lot of money.

“If you ask, do we have a set (Reform Party and Social Democrats) that would make sense ideologically, then we certainly do not. The voters are also at a loss. One certain outcome of the current crisis are unpredictable results at the European parliamentary elections,” Toots said.

She also suggested that a although rare in Estonia, a minority government is also an option, because if the opposition is divided, it could be successful. “There is no point in trying to get a majority at all costs, when it will just stand still due to infighting,” Toots said.


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