Vilja Savisaar-Toomast Joins Reform Party ({{commentsTotal}})

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Former Center Party heavyweight, ex-wife of Edgar Savisaar and current MEP Vilja Savisaar-Toomast has become a member of the ruling Reform Party.

“Deep down I have always been a free-minded person who values and honors freedom of choice for myself and for others, regardless of sex, age, nationality or religious beliefs,” Savisaar-Toomast said in a Reform Party press release today.

The former Center Party MP said the Reform Party-led government has steered Estonia out of a deep economic crisis and she wants to join them to do her part in helping Estonia move forward.

Savisaar-Toomast's husband, Taimo Toomast, became a Reform Party member in May, before the much talked about party congress.

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Commenting on Reform's recent internal election scandal, the MEP said her new party has learned from last year's Silvergate affair by tackling problems, not hushing them up, while the Center Party has failed to change after a number of recent scandals.

She said she supports holding new leadership elections, but not right away, possibly in six months or a year.

Savisaar-Toomast said she may run against her ex-husband for Tallinn mayor in the October local elections.

“We have discussed the topic [of candidacy] and the decision must be made soon,” she said, adding that she will decide at the end of this month whether she will run.