Social Democrats to go along with no confidence vote against Rõivas

Andres Anvelt. (Siim Lõvi/ ERR)
11/8/2016 11:07 AM
Category: News

Andres Anvelt, chairman of the Social Democrats’ parliamentary party, said on Tuesday morning that Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas’ refusal to resign meant that they had to go along with the vote of no confidence against him.

“As the prime minister has himself created this unprecedented situation where the coalition partners essentially expressed their no confidence in him already yesterday, and he wants to play for time and have [the vote] tomorrow, then I think we don’t have a choice. We have to go along with the opposition’s vote of no confidence,” Anvelt said to ERR.

He could see two things the Reform Party was trying to do, Anvelt said. One was to continue to try and scare the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) into playing along by saying that Estonia was about to move to the left, the other to get time to go on negotiating a potential coalition with the Center Party.

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) announced on Tuesday morning after meeting with his party’s leadership that he wouldn’t resign without a vote.

The opposition submitted a motion to express the parliament’s lack of confidence in Rõivas’ government on Monday. With 41 signatories, it can be put to a vote. 51 votes are needed to force the government to resign.

The Reform Party’s coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), had announced on Monday that they were leaving the government. They asked the prime minister to resign, and said that they were open to talks about a new coalition with the Center Party.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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