Coalition postpones decision about Urmas Reinsalu ({{commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center).
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center). Source: (Kairit Liebold/ERR)

The coalition parties met on Monday to discuss the issue of a possible motion of no confidence against Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL), but didn't get to a decision how to go on.

The chairmen of the three coalition parties, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE), and Helir-Valdor Seeder (IRL) also participated in the meeting. The parties said that since the opposition still has to file the motion, they will wait.

The Center Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) have already announced that they won't support the motion against the justice minister. The Social Democrats are divided. While party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski said that they would discuss the issue in a leadership meeting on Wednesday, chairwoman of the party's parliamentary group, Heljo Pikhof, told BNS on Monday that they want Reinsalu replaced.

Ossinovski said that in this case the interests of the party needed to be discussed as well, even if the opinion of some of its MPs are already made.

The Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) is planning to meet Reinsalu on Tuesday. They will discuss their position after that, chairman Mart Helme said on Monday.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said on Monday afternoon that the situation in the coalition is "stable", and that the opposition was merely trying to change that. The prime minister sees no chance that the opposition will get the necessary 51 votes in the Riigikogu to oust Urmas Reinsalu.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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