The government tied its tax reform plans to a confidence vote in Parliament, meaning if the bills are not passed, the government will step down. Now the Center Party said they will hold a separate no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister.
PM Taavi Rõivas might have hoped to outmaneuver the opposition by adding a confidence clause to the much debated tax change bills, but the Center Party now said they will also hold a no-confidence vote against Rõivas. A motion of no-confidence is also due on June 15, the same day as the tax reform is due to be voted on.
Although the first vote is against the Cabinet and the second against Rõivas himself, essentialy both would lead to the resignation of the entire Cabinet.
Kadri Simson, Center Party's acting head, said her party will continue to collect signatures for the vote for Monday's Parliament session. She said she will talk to other opposition MPs, but also coalition members over the weekend.
Both votes are likely to end fruitless for the opposition, despite both IRL and the Social Democrats swapping out chairmen after the coalition agreement was signed. Jevgeni Ossinovski, the new Social Democrat head, particularly, has been critical about the coalition, but has said he will not comment on the coalition agreement before St John's Day on June 23.
Editor: J.M. Laats