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30. May 1923

In spring 1923, especial parliamentary elections were held, those were the first and so far the only especial elections in the history of democratic Estonia. Reason was that the people had rejected the the parliament issued Law on Education in a referendum. The most controversial point of the law was the exclusion of religious education from the curriculum. People supported the version of the law where religious education would be voluntary for the students but obligatory to the schools.

The 1923 parliamentary elections differed from the elections of 1920 because left-wing parties regained their support. Now, there were 10 communist representatives in the parliament, the reason for this was probably the economic decline. In the following year, the communist activity increased, and eventually, became almost fatal to the state.


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