Lost the election? Parliament leavers to receive high consolation prize ({{commentsTotal}})

Parliament members who failed to make the grade this time around will receive a 20,000-euro bonus. That list could include Sven Sester, who lost out by one vote.

IRL will win the most after it lost nine seats in the Parliament compared to the 2011 elections.

Sester said he did not think about the possible windfall after deciding not to appeal the election results. Viktoria Ladõnskaja, also from IRL, beat Sester by one vote in the first count, only to lose two votes in the second count. She was declared a winner after her appeal led a third count, which saw two votes given to Sester declared invalid in turn.

Sester, as the first replacement member in IRL's nation-wide list, will still make the cut if the party gains ministerial positions, or if IRL MP Jaak Aaviksoo is elected the new head of Tallinn University of Technology.

The current monthly salary of an MP is 3,464 euros, which calculates into a net salary of 2,702 euros and the total cost to taxpayers at 4,635 euros. That means the few votes which separated Sester and Ladõnskaja were worth 130,000 euros net over the next four years for Ladõnskaja.

Those MPs who did not run in this year's elections, like Rein Lang, will still receive a large bonus. Some members will be counting the days, as those who were MPs for at least a year, are entitled to twice as much money as those who were called to service less than a year ago.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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