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Toomas Vitsut
Toomas Vitsut Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Center Party MP and former Tallinn deputy mayor and council head between 2001-2015, Toomas Vitsut, said the party must change and he is backing Kadri Simson, not current chairman Edgar Savisaar, at the party's internal elections at the end of the month.

The party has been locked in heated pre-election debate, with many party offices backing either Simson or Savisaar. This is the closest the party has come to changing out its founder and leader Savisaar, who has led the party since its founding over 20 years ago, minus a few months in the mid-90s.

“Savisaar's weakness is that he is unable to cooperate with other parties. Either in government or not – we should drop this warn out method – we should be able to cooperate in any case,” Vitsut told Postimees.

He said he is backing Simson, who he believes will be able to do more to stabilize and improve life in Estonia.

“I may be a traitor to him [Savisaar - ed.], but I am not afraid,” Vitsut said, adding that he does not fear the Russian-language electorate abandoning the party if Savisaar goes. He said they have already taken the party to their hearts.

Editor: J.M. Laats