Pärnu gets new mayor as long-serving Kivimägi becomes MP ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonia's fourth largest city, Pärnu, has a new mayor in Romek Kosenkranius, who replaces Toomas Kivimägi, now an MP.

Kivimägi became mayor in 2009 having previously served as Pärnu County Governor from 1993-2009. He joined the Reform Party in 2014 and successfully ran for Parliament, collecting 7,600 votes in his district, beating both EKRE leader Mart Helme and acting Center Party chief Kadri Simson.

Kosenkranius, who was until today the deputy mayor, received the backing of 22 out of 31 councilmen. He was elected to the council as part of the Toomas Kivimägi election coalition. He is not a member of any political party.

Editor: J.M. Laats



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.