Security dominates Estonia election

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Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Estonians are voting for a new parliament in an election dominated by security concerns due to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

Opinion polls indicate a close race between the Baltic nation’s governing centre-right coalition, led by prime minister Taavi Roivas’s Reform Party, and the opposition Centre Party, which is favoured by the country’s ethnic Russians.

The ruling coalition holds 52 of the 101 seats in parliament.

Even though Estonia is a Nato member, many are worried that Moscow could try to boost its influence in the country, a former Soviet republic where a quarter of the 1.3 million residents are ethnic Russians.

All the main political parties favour robust defence spending and a strong presence of Nato forces, but the Centre Party favours a friendlier approach to Moscow.

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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