Estonian Supreme Soviet election, 1990

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Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Estonian SSR on 18 March 1990,[1] the first free parliamentary election in Estonia since 1932. A total of 105 deputies were elected, of which four were from military districts. Altogether 392 candidates ran for seats in the Soviet. The opposition pro-independence Popular Front won the plurality of the seats. The anti-independence "Joint Council of Work Collectives", representing mostly the Russian-speaking minority in Estonia, as well as the reformed communists, who favored independence but close relations with the USSR, both gained around 25 seats. During its first session, the new Supreme Soviet elected the former Communist Party member Arnold Rüütel as its chairman, allowing him to stay as the leader of Estonia.

The elected parliament was responsible for some of the most important decisions in the modern Estonian history, such as the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union on 30 March 1990, adopted by a vote of 73 for to 0 against, with 27 MPs boycotting the vote. It also adopted the new Constitution of the Republic of Estonia.

Voting was held on the same day as an election in the Latvian SSR.


Party Votes % Seats
Popular Front 43
Communist PartyFree Estonia 27
Joint Council of Work Collectives 25
Independents 10
Invalid/blank votes
Total 911,903 100 105
Registered voters/turnout 1,164,603 78.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, VVK[2]


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p574 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ "Elections and Referendums in Estonia 1989-1999". Estonian National Electoral Committee. 2008-11-17.