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Estonian politicians could not agree on depriving Russian citizens of the right to vote in local elections

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr9,2024

Estonian politicians could not agree on depriving Russian citizens of the right to vote in local elections

At the meeting , held on Tuesday, the six parliamentary parties of Estonia did not come to an agreement on how to act on the issue of depriving citizens of third countries of voting rights.

European Truth writes about this, reports ERR.

European Pravda writes about this, reports ERR.

Representative of the Fatherland party Khelir-Valdor Seeder said that there was no unanimous decision to deprive non-citizens of the right to vote at the meeting, and they will not begin collecting signatures for changing the constitution.

"There is no such readiness. It depends on all the parties that are represented in parliament how much time they need to discuss. Today we have not concluded any agreement on this matter,” – said Seeder.

"Fatherland" raised the same issue at coalition negotiations in Tallinn, calling the deprivation of voting rights of non-citizens one of the conditions of the agreement. According to Seeder, the decision on the conditions for concluding a coalition agreement in Tallinn will be made by the Tallinn Fatherland constituency, and not by the party board.

At the same time, the Social Democrats ruled out that any agreement on electoral rights of non-citizens can be achieved during the negotiations in Tallinn.

Chairman of the Reform Party faction in the Riigikogu Erkki Keldo also said that the issue of voting rights of non-citizens is not suitable for discussion at the coalition negotiations in Tallinn.

< p>Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in February that she continues to support limiting voting rights for Russian citizens in the country, but does not want to destroy the current government coalition and seeks to secure the support of a majority of deputies.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich< /p>

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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