New Parliament to hold first session on Monday

The Parliament (Martin Dremljuga/ERR)
3/25/2015 12:28 PM
Category: Politics

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has invited the XIII Riigikogu to its first session on March 30.

Ilves said that he expects a new approach from MPs who were elected to Estonian Parliament Riigikogu on March 1.

"I expect thinking outside of the box, a new approach to decision making and a smart look at improving the living standards of people, where appropriate, maintaining and safeguarding our security, and promoting education and national governance reforms," Ilves said.

"I do hope that the Riigikogu will start its work promptly and efficiently, as we do not have time to waste. I also hope that the newly elected members of the Riigikogu will not become segregated into an irreconcilable coalition and opposition and reject each other's proposals without even discussing them. Instead, I hope to see members to adopt a co-operation focused approach," Ilves added.

It is expected that President Ilves will formally ask the current Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas to form the new government. Rõivas's Reform Party is currently in coalition talks with the IRL and the Social Democrats. According to reports, negotiations to form a new government are in full speed and Rõivas hopes to reach to an agreement with his partners by Monday.

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