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News ID: 36201
Publish Date: 18:16 - 03 March 2019
TEHRAN, Mar 03 - The leader of Estonia's main opposition party has voted in the general election and accused Prime Minister Juri Ratas' government of "messing up" the small Baltic nation's taxation system.

Estonian opposition leader derides govt policiesTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Estonians are voting Sunday in a general election where the opposition center-right Reform Party is challenging Ratas' left-leaning Center Party with a focus on socio-economic issues, such as taxation.

Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas told The Associated Press while voting in central Tallinn that "the topic that most people talk about are the taxes" and that Ratas' Cabinet "has totally messed (up) the tax system, excise duties, income tax system and people are really annoyed by this."

Among other things, Ratas' government has substantially increased excise duties on alcohol, partly on health grounds, and reformed Estonia's flat income tax, a cornerstone of the economy. Estonia has one of the highest rates of alcohol-related deaths in Europe.

Source: AP

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