Estonian United Left Party
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2011)|
|Estonian United Left Party|
|Leader||Sergei Jürgens, Heino Rüütel|
|Founded||28 June 2008|
|Preceded by||Communist Party of Estonia|
|Ideology||Ecosocialism, Eurocommunism, Russian minority politics|
|European affiliation||Party of the European Left|
|European Parliament group||None|
|Politics of Estonia
The Estonian United Left Party (Estonian: Eestimaa Ühendatud Vasakpartei, Russian: Объединённая левая партия Эстонии, Ob'edinënnaja levaja partija Estonii) is a political party in Estonia. It has left-socialist characteristics, and also seeks to represent the Russian minority in Estonia. It is a member of the European Left.
In June 1988 Communist Party of Estonia (EKP), i.e. the Estonian branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, chief Karl Vaino was replaced by the reform-minded Soviet Ambassador to Nicaragua Vaino Väljas, the former ideological secretary of the EKP. Some of the Estonian members declared that they were fighting for Estonian national interests and tried to contribute to the solving of Estonian problems.
- 1990 was registered the independent Estonian Communist Party (EKP)
- 1992 the congress of EKP renamed party to the Estonian Democratic Labour Party (EDTP).
- July 1995 EDLP joined New European Left Forum
- 1997 the party was renamed the Estonian Social Democratic Labour Party (ESDTP).
- 2004 ESDTP is a founding member of European Left party.
- December 2004 Estonian Social Democratic Labour Party changed the name to Estonian Left Party (EVP).
According to the statutes of party the party congress elects the Party Chairman and Executive board as well as nominates a consultative Central Council representing all regional organizations. Local policies are developed by local organizations, while central bodies formulate national policies.
On 28 June 2008, Estonian Left Party (a left-socialist party) and the Constitution Party (one of two parties representing the Russian minority in Estonia) merged to form the Estonian United Left Party (Eestimaa Ühendatud Vasakpartei).
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