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Reform Party and Social Democrats Sign Coalition Agreement

The Reform Party and the Social Democrats signed their coalition agreement in the Riigikogu building today.

The Reform Party will hold the seats of prime minister, foreign minister, minister of the interior, finance minister, health and labor minister, minister of the environment, minister of foreign trade and entrepreneurship, and culture minister, reported.

The party has said it will disclose its list of ministers early next week.

The Social Democrats have presented their candidates for the cabinet: Urve Palo for minister of economy and infrastructure, Helmen Kütt for minister of social welfare, Andres Anvelt for justice minister, Ivari Padar for minister of agriculture and Jevgeni Ossinovski for minister of education and research. The head of the party Sven Mikser will get the post of defense minister.

According to the coalition agreement, the Social Democrats will also get the seat of the President of Riigikogu, taken up by MP Eiki Nestor.

The new coalition has promised to raise the tax-free minimum and child benefits and lower income tax and the unemployment insurance rate.

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