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The Reform Party, the Social Democrats and IRL have agreed upon the cabinet positions in the new government, the Estonian daily Postimees reported.

According to Taavi Rõivas, the current Prime Minister and leader of the Reform Party, his party will take responsibility for seven ministries and the Social Democrats and IRL for four each.

The Reform Party will get the following cabinet posts: prime minister, foreign minister, minister of economic affairs and infrastructure, interior minister, minister of rural affairs (previous agriculture), minister of education and research, and minister of public administration, a new post.

The Social Democrats will take charge of ministries of defense and culture, as well as having the minister of health and labor, and minister of foreign trade and entrepreneurship in the new cabinet.

IRL will have the minister of environment and minister of social protection positions, as well as taking responsibility for the ministry of justice and ministry of finance.

“The new Cabinet has set aims to strengthen Estonia's security, improve the living standards of large families, reduce labor taxes, and reform public and local administration,” Rõivas said.

Editor: S. Tambur



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