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Estonia votes for more of the same

Estonia votes for more of the same
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Estonia’s ruling centre-right coalition government has been re-elected with a new majority.

It seems voters were willing to back an economic policy of fiscal restraint, accepting it as the price to pay for coping with the recession.

With most ballots counted The Reform Party won 33 seats while the junior coalition partner Pro Patria Res Republica Union won 23.

That will give them a total of 56 in the 101-seat parliament, six more than the two parties won last election.

Estonia joined the euro zone in January.

It has the lowest debt burden in the European Union but is one of the bloc’s poorest nations.