Analysts agree that the Reform Party had to move hastily to find a replacement after prime minister hopeful Siim Kallas unexpectedly gave up his ambitions. But Taavi Rõivas, chosen in his place, has a lot to prove, they say.
Pundit Agu Uudelepp told ETV’s morning program today the Reform Party has a habit of changing coalition partners. Naming a new prime minister candidate after the exit of Siim Kallas was an inevitable step to avoid continued criticism for confusion.
While Uudelepp considers Rõivas to be a fifth choice that became first due to circumstances, he says it is impossible for him to fail, whereas the burden of expectation would have been too great for Kallas.
Social scientist Juhan Kivirähk said that other "old guard" candidates have been disgraced and someone younger had to be chosen. He says there is a danger that “grey cardinals” at Rõivas’ side may be the actual rulers of the party.
“Of course, politics is teamwork, but it is important that all the governing does not happen in the back rooms,” he said.
According to Kivirähk, the Reform Party chose the Social Democrats as their partner because they sense this is the direction the public opinion is taking.
Uudelepp expressed concern about the way certain issues on which the two parties disagree are publicly put on hold in the talks.
Uudelepp added the coalition would be vulnerable to attacks because it is quite obvious this switch did not take place for the good of the people. Instead its aim was to benefit “the person aspiring to be an EU commissioner and people who want to stay in power," alluding to outgoing prime minister Andrus Ansip.