Reform Party Wins Elections, Coalition Holds
Eestlased Eestis 06 Mar 2011  EWR
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Any speculation that Estonia's ruling centre-right government would have trouble surviving this year's parliamentary elections was extinguished when both members of its ruling coalition, Reform and IRL, scored as well as expected in the March 6 vote.

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip's Reform party picked up two additional seats in the nation's 101-member Parliament, giving it a total of 33 seats, while its coalition partner IRL gained four seats to end up with 23.

The biggest gain however was seen by the Social Democrats, whose representation in Parliament jumps from 10 to 19 seats.

Meanwhile the government's fiercest challenger, the Centre Party, saw a slight power slip, dropping from 29 to 26 seats.

Other losers were the People's Union and the Green Party, neither of which reached the 5 percent minimum required to maintain their representation in Parliament. Neither did any of the independents gather enough votes to make it to Toompea Hill for the next four years.

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