New government Estonia

Wed 9 Apr 2003

On 7 April 2003, the Estonian Parliament gave Res Publica Chairman Juhan Parts the powers to form a new government by a vote of 60 to 27, with six abstentions. In a speech prior to the vote, he outlined 10 main points that will serve as the goals of the coalition formed with the Reform Party and the People's Union. The first three points were assuring good education for all children, increasing public security, and lowering the tax burden by increasing the size of the monthly tax-exempt income and lowering the income-tax rate. Parts will present his cabinet choices to President Arnold Ruutel, who will likely appoint them officially on 10 April. According to the coalition agreement, the Reform Party will select five ministers, while Res Publica and the People's Union will select four each.. For more www.tol.cz or www.rferl.org/newsline