Kross will continue in the Reform Party, but will not hold government position ({{commentsTotal}})

Eerik-Niiles Kross, IRL's candidate for Tallinn mayor
Eerik-Niiles Kross, IRL's candidate for Tallinn mayor Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Security expert and former intelligence official Eerik-Niiles Kross will not be ejected from the Reform Party, which he recently joined, despite criticism from top ranking members about his allegedly shady past, the party's board decided.

Prime Minister and party chairman Taavi Rõivas said until the matter with the United States is solved, Kross will not hold a position of power, pointing to the fact that the country has branded Kross persona non grata, while Russia has a warrant out for his arrest.

Rõivas said government ministers and parliamentary committee heads must be able to participate in foreign politics.

Valdo Randpere, one of Kross's sternest critics, said the closed board meeting late on Wednesday helped expel some, but not all of his fears concerning Kross.

Kross switched from IRL, for whom he led the local election campaign a year ago, to the Reform Party at the end of October.

Click here for an overview of Kross's past.

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