Daily Baltic News
Monday—June 14, 2004
In elections for the European Parliament, an EU body with limited powers, government parties fared poorly. In Estonia, the left-wing Social Democratic party (formerly the Moderates), took nearly 40 percent of the votes in the election; that translated into three of the six seats Estonia will have in the European Parliament. The center-left Center Party won around 18 percent of the vote, the center-right Reform Party won around 12 percent and the center-right Pro-Patria won 10; Prime Minister Juhan Parts' party, Res Publica, won just 7 percent. The European vote saw a record low turnout for an Estonian election of less than 30 percent of the electorate.