Opposition to gather signatures for no-confidence vote against Sester ({{commentsTotal}})

Minister of Finance Sven Sester (IRL) during the Riigikogu's marathon sitting on May 17-18. The opposition grilled Sester at length on the issue of the coalition's tax changes.
Minister of Finance Sven Sester (IRL) during the Riigikogu's marathon sitting on May 17-18. The opposition grilled Sester at length on the issue of the coalition's tax changes. Source: (Rene Suurkaev/ERR)

The leaders of the parliamentary groups of the Reform Party, the Free Party and the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) decided at a meeting on Monday afternoon to begin collecting signatures for a vote of no confidence against Minister of Finance Sven Sester (IRL).

The decision was confirmed to ETV news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera" by Free Party chairman Artur Talvik, according to whom Sester's fundamental change of mind regarding the state budget balance demonstrated that he was not fit to govern over Estonia's finances.

"The situation is schizophrenic when Sester in various coalitions has changed his views diametrically," Talvik commented.

EKRE chairman Mart Helme said that the Minister of Finance has demonstrated his incompetence and irresponsibility in the organization of state finances.

In Reform chairman Hanno Pevkur's opinion, the entire government beginning with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) deserves votes of no confidence.

"The prime minister's choices as head of government and that which is going on in the Center Party would be sufficient grounds for a vote of no confidence, but currently the biggest problem remains dragging the Estonian state into debt, new taxes and the disrupting of the business environment," Pevkur commented. "Thus we decided to begin collecting signatures for a vote of no confidence against the Minister of Finance."

It not yet known when the opposition is expected to submit the no-confidence motion to the Board of the Riigikogu.

Editor: Aili Vahtla



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