The Reform Party of the Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, would have won 37 of the 100 seats in Parliament that were decided this Sunday in the legislative elections of the Baltic country, with more than 60% of the votes counted.
The formation would thus have won four more seats than in the last elections, although it would still be far from the absolute majority, reports the Estonian public television, ERR.
“It seems that the voter has spoken. From what I have seen on screen, we have done quite well,” Kallas said after the first results were known.
“I want to thank all the voters. Thank you for your confidence. Thank you for the opportunity to lead the government for two years and, of course, for your votes. We are very grateful for your evaluation of our work. All our candidates have done a great job and have achieved all these votes (…). It is teamwork. No one could have done it alone,” he said.
Martin Helme’s Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), the party of the sovereign right, would be the second political force in Estonia with 17 seats and more than 16% of support.
Helme doubts electronic voting and has called for a recount of the votes.
The Estonian Center Party would win 16 seats.
Behind is a new liberal party, Eesti 200 Estonia 200, which would win 14 parliamentarians.
The Social Democratic Party (SDE), which governs in coalition with Kallas, has won nine seats, and the conservative Isamaa party, also allied with Kallas, has eight.
Almost one million people are eligible to vote in the elections for the 101 seats in the Riigikogu hemicycle or Estonian Parliament, for which nine parties are running.
With information from Derecha Diario