March 6, 2015, 3:02 p.m.
Estonia’s center-right Reform Party won the country’s parliamentary elections, held on 1 March, 2015. In this election 101 members of the Parliament (Riigikogu) were elected via an-open list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms. While Centre Party came in second with 27 seats, a total of six parties won seats in Estonia’s unicameral parliament. The Reform Party has been governing coalitions for the past sixteen years. According to Alan Sikk at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Reform Party will most likely remain dominant in Estonian politics through 2019. Moreover, he attributes its success in this election to its power as an incumbent, the work of the party’s new leader Taavi Roivas to clean up the party’s image, and its strategic maneuvering ahead of this election, suggested by its coalition with the center-left Social Democrats in 2011.