Helme rules out coalition with Center Party or Social Democrats ({{commentsTotal}})


The head of the Conservative People's Party, Mart Helme, said his party will not form a coalition with either the Center Party or the Social Democrats after the March 1 general election.

“The council decided that we will not form a coalition with SDE of the Center Party,” he told Eesti Päevaleht, “I don't see what our traditional party has in common with Yana Toom, Mihhail Stalnuhhin and Mihhail Kõlvart. I just see no common interest here,” he added.

He did not rule out backing Social Democrat or Center Party initiatives, if they are similar to his own party's ideas.

The Conservative People's Party were polling at 2-3 percent for most of the past year, but have recently seen spikes in popularity and along with the Free Party, are poised to break the four-party hold on Parliament. Helme himself said the party could win as much as 9 percent of the vote, which would give the party at least 10 MP spots.

Speaking about election promises, Helme said his party's ideas cost about one billion euros, of which 300 million would come from tax on banks and 300 million from increasing income tax to 25 percent. He said a 300-million-euro gap would still open up, but that can be covered by loans.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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