Free Party and EKRE hoping to be included in the coalition (2)
The chairmen of the Free Party and the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) have not given up on the thought yet that they might be invited to coalition talks. EKRE’s Mart Helme said on Wednesday evening that working with the Reform Party in the opposition would certainly be easier.
The Free Party was part of the coalition talks of the previous government, but eventually didn’t go along with the coalition. Chairman Andres Herkel said on Wednesday that what had happened was that election promises were reviewed, and each given a price tag, and such an approach was completely wrong. But if the new government did it differently and instead start from the country’s biggest issues, they would be interested.
Chairman of EKRE Mart Helme meanwhile said he would welcome a broad government. “I don’t know what these talks have brought so far, but in theory it would be very nice if the Free Party, us, and IRL would also be in the government on the right, and the Center Party and the Social Democrats on the left. That would be broad and balanced, but whether it will go that way, I don’t now,” Helme said.
ETV’s “Aktuaalne Kaamera” newscast asked Helme how he imagined working with the Reform Party in the opposition. The two parties so far have had quite a few clashes. Helme said that the opposition usually found a common language more easily than the government.