Estonian People's Party

Estonian People's Party

Eesti Rahvaerakond
Founded March 1919
Dissolved October 1931
Merger of Estonian Democratic Party
Estonian Radical Democratic Party
Merged into United Nationalist Party
Political position Centre-right

The Estonian People's Party (Estonian: Eesti Rahvaerakond, ER) was a centre-right political party in Estonia.

History

The party was established in March 1919 by a merger of the Estonian Democratic Party and the Estonian Radical Democratic Party.[1] Some right-wing members of the Democratic Party opposed merging with the Radical Democrats and broke away to form the Christian Democratic Party.[2] In the April 1919 Constituent Assembly elections the new party won 25 of the 120 seats, becoming the third-largest party in the Assembly.

However, the 1920 election saw it reduced to 10 seats in the 100-seat Riigikogu. It won eight seats in the 1923 and 1926 elections, and nine in the 1929 elections.

In October 1931 it merged with Christian People's Party to form the United Nationalist Party, which was joined by the Estonian Labour Party in January 1932, becoming the National Centre Party.[3]

References

  1. ^ Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p385 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  2. ^ McHale, p386
  3. ^ McHale, p384

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