Center Party Revolt Against Savisaar Unlikely, Says ERR Journalist ({{commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar
Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The leadership of the largest party in Estonia, the Center Party, has now accepted the shock of the election results, but there is no reason to believe chairman Edgar Savisaar will be ousted, says Indrek Kiisler, the acting head of ERR's radio news.

“It is enough just to glance over the list of the Center Party's board. There are five-six names with independent political capital, but the rest are just the chairman's puppets,” Kiisler said in an opinion piece which aired today.

The last larger protest exit from the party, in 2012, left the party's internal opposition weak, culminating with only Savisaar running for the party's top post last year at internal elections, he said.

He said MP such as Jüri Ratas, Kadri Simson and Aivar Riisalu now only have a choice of quitting politics or joining a new party, which many of MPs and MEPs who left or were ejected from the Center Party in 2012, did, joining either the Social Democrats (Inara Luigas and Rainer Vakra), or the Reform Party (Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Deniss Boroditš, Ain Seppik, Toomas Varek and Kalle Laanet).

“It would certainly not be great for Estonia if the Center Party would only represent the Russian electorate,” he said, adding that the party has been moving in that direction for a while now and that Savisaar must do something to reverse the direction.