Estonian parliamentary election, 3 March 2019

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Reports and analyses relating to the legislative elections held in Estonia on 3 March 2019.

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The 101 seats of the national Parliament (Riigikogu) were elected by proportional representation in twelve multi-member constituencies. Political parties need to pass a nationwide threshold of % percent, but if the number of votes cast for an individual candidate exceeds or equals that quota, they are elected.

The electoral campaign focused on taxation, minorities and the rise of the radical right-wing EKRE party. The election produced a hung parliament and was eventually won by the opposition Reform party (34 seats), followed by the governing Centre party (26 seats) and EKRE (19 seats), which almost tripled their presence in Parliament.

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Commentary and Analysis
Robert Schuman Foundation, 12/02/2019: Will the Centre Party manage to retain office in Estonia?
The Economist, 28/02/2019: Moldova and Estonia show how different democracies can be
Wikipedia: 2019 Estonian parliamentary election
ERR News, 04/03/2019: Centre party dropped the ball
Euro|topics, March 2019: Estonia: Reform Party back in power
IFES Election Guide: Estonian Election for Parliament, 3 March 2019
OSW: Analyses, 05/03/2019: Estonia: the liberal Reform Party returns to power

EurActiv, 25/02/2019: Estonian far-right party holds torchlight march ahead of polls
Reuters, 03/03/2019: Estonian center-right opposition wins elections
Deutsche Welle, 03/03/2019: Estonia awaits election results amid far-right surge
The Guardian, 04/03/2019: Estonia election: opposition Reform party wins but far-right support doubles
BBC News, 03/03/2019: Estonia general election: Opposition party beats Centre rivals
Postimees, 04/03/2019: Reform takes convincing win over Center
EurActiv, 04/03/2019: Pro-EU opposition wins Estonian elections, far right makes big gains
Euronews, 04/03/2019: Estonia's centre-right opposition party wins general election
Politico, 04/03/2018: Estonia’s opposition Reform party wins election
ERR News: 2019 Riigikogu Election
Postimees, 04/03/2019: Kaja Kallas: our first choice is a government with Isamaa and SDE

OSCE: ODIHR: Estonian Parliamentary Elections, 3 March 2019

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