Es­to­nian press: Saeima «dif­fi­cult even for Lat­vians»

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Es­to­nian me­dia have eval­u­ated that the re­sult of the Saeima elec­tion in neigh­bour­ing Latvia has pro­duced an es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­at­ing ground with seven elected par­ties, but the in­flu­ence of oli­garchs seems to have been re­duced.

An opin­ion sum­mary com­piled by the Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR ear­lier in the week in­cluded the com­men­taries by se­nior ERR news peo­ple and that of the dailies Eesti Päe­valeht and Pos­timees.

The news­pa­per Eesti Päe­valeht was quoted as writ­ing that that Latvia’s Saeima elec­tion has pro­duced a re­sult «dif­fi­cult even for the Lat­vians,» and that agree­ing on a coali­tion will prove dif­fi­cult for any of the pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions of the seven par­ties now hold­ing man­dates in the Lat­vian par­lia­ment.

Pos­timees aserted that Es­to­nia’s in­ter­ests would be more or less cov­ered as it ex­pected Latvia to up­hold it cur­rent se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy course, and also that of its re­forms, «where in mat­ters like ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form and the ques­tion of Rus­sian schools they are ac­tu­ally ahead of us».

In the ERR, head of its news ser­vice, An­var Samost, and po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Toomas Sil­dam both pointed out that the in­flu­ence of the oli­garchs seems to have been re­duced.

«In Latvia the oli­garchs have played a much greater role than in Es­to­nia. But [Riga Mayor Nils] Ušakovs’ ditch­ing the co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with [Rus­sia’s rul­ing party] United Rus­sia hasn’t meant much suc­cess for them,» com­mented Toomas Sil­dam.


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