Estonian press: Saeima «difficult even for Latvians»
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.