Rõivas Proposed as New Head of Reform Party, Ansip to Run for European Parliament ({{commentsTotal}})

Former Prime Minister Andrus Ansip waves a Reform Party flag. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Former prime minister Andrus Ansip, heavily tipped to become the nation's next EU Commissioner, has put his name forward for the European Parliament elections in May, while his successor Taavi Rõivas has been proposed to become the head of the Reform Party.

Leadership of the party approved Ansip's candidacy after Urmas Klaas dropped out of the elections, as he will replace Urmas Kruuse as the Mayor of Tartu, the party said in a press release today. Ansip will also have to be green-lighted by the party's general meeting.

A general meeting of party members has been called for next Sunday to elect a new chairman. Rõivas has put his name forward for the job, with the party's Secretary General Martin Kukk adding that it is the norm for the prime minister to also lead the party.

Ansip is unlikely to become a MEP, as a condition for swapping IRL for the Social Democrats in government could have been naming Ansip as current commissioner Siim Kallas's replacement. Rõivas's term as party chairman could turn out to be very short, as the next elections are less than a year away and a number of Reform Party heavyweights might step up, such as Urmas Paet, Siim Kallas again or his daughter Kaja Kallas, to mention a few.

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