Helme: Opposition Chances in Tallinn Close to Zero Without Conservatives

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8/2/2013 2:30 PM
Category: Politics

Mart Helme, head of the marginal Conservative People's Party, said he believes his party will take seats in Tallinn in October's local elections, and that the current opposition has little chance of ousting the Center Party without his party's support.

When asked today who his party would cooperate with in the Tallinn City Council, Helme told uudised.err.ee: "That depends entirely on the election results.“ 

A TNS Emor poll conducted in July showed that the Conservative People's Party is backed by only 2 percent of the population.

Andres Anvelt and Eerik-Niiles Kross, respectively the Social Democrat and IRL candidates for the top job in Tallinn, recently said Helme could end up supporting Savisaar instead, depending on the conditions.

Helme said that the CPP is the third force, an alternative to a Center Party majority leadership and a possible coalition of the Social Democrats, IRL and Reform Party.

Experts predict that the Tallinn elections could be very close, with the Center Party's support hovering only slightly above the combined popularity level of the three opposition parties.


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