A further term in office looks certain for Estonia’s ruling coalition. With votes counted from approximately half of the polling stations the Centre Right Reform Party of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has 27 per cent of the vote equating to 29 seats. Reform’s coalition partner, the leftist Centre Party has sufficient votes to take 26 seats, giving the two parties a majority in the 101-seat parliament.
Main nationalist party Pro Patria-Res Publica was making a stronger than expected showing in third place on 19 seats. In spite of its economy growing more than 11 per cent last year, the small Baltic state is one of the poorest in the EU.
But Estonia is also technologically advanced and with this election became the first nation in the world to use e-voting. It took just 20 minutes for the election computers to calculate over 30,000 votes. When all results are finalised Prime Minister Ansip is expected to seek a third coalition partner.