Estonia PM favors continuing coalition

Estonia's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip celebrates preliminary results at his party headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Tallinn, Estonia, early Monday, March 7, 2011. Estonia's center-right government is poised to stay in power for a second term after winning a clear parliamentary majority in the Baltic country's first election as a eurozone member, preliminary results showed. (AP Photo/Timur Nisametdinov, NIPA)
Estonia's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip celebrates preliminary results at his party headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Tallinn, Estonia, early Monday, March 7, 2011. Estonia's center-right government is poised to stay in power for a second term after winning a clear parliamentary majority in the Baltic country's first election as a eurozone member, preliminary results showed.

Estonia's prime minister says he would like the Baltic country's two-party coalition to continue running the government.

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip's Reform Party and its coalition right-wing partner IRL captured 56 of the 101-seat parliament in the Sunday vote, or six more than the coalition currently controls.

Ansip told The Associated Press on Monday that he saw little chance for either of the remaining two parties to join the government.

Former coalition partner Social Democrats won 19 seats, while the archrival Center Party captured 26 seats.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is expected to formally ask Ansip to start government talks in the next few days after the election result has been confirmed.