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Estonia Ruling Party Support Falls to New Low, ERR Says

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Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Support for Estonia’s ruling Reform Party fell in December while the Social Democrats had the most support, public broadcaster ERR reported, citing a poll it commissioned.

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip’s party had 22 percent backing, down from 26 percent the previous month, which was the lowest since 2009, according to the Nov. 21-Dec. 12 survey of 877 respondents by TNS Emor. It wasn’t immediately clear when the Reform Party last had lower support.

The Social Democrats were backed by 28 percent, the Center Party had 24 percent and junior coalition partner Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit was favored by 18 percent of those polled, the most this year. No margin of error was given.

Justice Minister Kristen Michal of Reform resigned last week after a party-financing scandal. An investigation by state prosecutors into party financing, which targeted suspects including Michal, was closed Oct. 15 due to lack of evidence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ott Ummelas in Tallinn at oummelas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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