Estonia: Two parties announce to back president Ilves’ re-election in 2011

The Social Democratic Party of Estonia and the Reform Party have announced that they will back incumbent president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, in the forthcoming presidential elections in August 2011.

The two parties are the first to reveal their preferences, while might even wait until the results of the next parliamentary elections – which are to be held in March next year – to announce support for a particular candidate or registering their own candidate.

The Estonian president is elected by parliament for a five-year term, with a limit of to two consecutive terms. In 2006, president Ilves had been elected by the extended electoral assembly after not reaching the threshold of a 2/3 majority in parliament (he only received 64 out of 65 ballots cast – the 36 deputies of the Centre Party and the People’s Union boycotted the third and second round of elections in parliament).

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