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Ratas in the Riigikogu: our beloved Estonia must be a good home and a caring society for all

30. August 2019 - 16:32

In his speech today in the Riigikogu, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas noted that in the political struggle, we tend to forget that we share the same goal – our beloved Estonia must be a good home and a caring society for all. Regardless of our place of birth, standard of living, profession, mother tongue, gender, nationality, beliefs, or anything else.

“As a politician and prime minister, it has always been important for me to be able to unify Estonia, to bridge the gaps in society, and to strengthen the bonds between us all,” said Ratas in his speech today to members of parliament in the Riigikogu. He added that over the years, many contradictions have emerged and persisted in our society, despite our best wishes. “That is why I have said that the prime minister must be the prime minister for everyone in Estonia, not just for their supporters and constituents,” added the prime minister.

He pointed out that in the government or the Riigikogu, there can be no politicians who are more rightful than others if we have all sworn loyalty to the Republic of Estonia and its constitutional order. “Likewise, there can also be none who are more rightful than others in the society if we all have equal rights, freedoms, and responsibilities,” said the prime minister.

“I wholeheartedly believe that as politicians, we are ultimately judged not on what we do for our constituents, but on how we treat those in our society who feel they have been deprived of something every day,” emphasised the prime minister in his speech. He added that it is important to work on behalf of all the people of Estonia and not to divide our country and society. We only have one Estonia, there is no other.

Recently, the coalition of the Estonian Centre Party, Conservative People’s Party of Estonia, and Isamaa marked 100 days in government, during which they partially or completely achieved almost 80% of their established goals. “All of these decisions have served the purpose of building a fairer, more coherent, and more solidary state, so that all of our people would feel that the Estonian state is there for them. This applies to our small islands, remote municipalities, county centres, and big cities alike,” Ratas concluded.

Today, Henn Põlluaas, President of the Riigikogu, convened an extraordinary session on the proposal of 44 members of the Riigikogu to express no confidence in Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Riigikogu): Umbusalduse avaldamine peaminister Jüri Ratasele, 30.08.2019

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