Reform candidate Kallas to meet with Center chairman Edgar Savisaar ({{commentsTotal}})

Siim Kallas (left) and Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar
Siim Kallas (left) and Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar Source: Photo: Raepress

Reform Party presidential candidate Siim Kallas, who is seeking support from the five other parliamentary parties, is slated to meet with Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar, Center deputy chairman Jaanus Karilaid told ERR's radio news.

Karilaid stated that Kallas will have to very clearly define what he has to offer the Center Party and its voters.

"At some stage, the Center Party may reach a political agreement on Allar Jõks as well," added Karilaid. "We are planning a more comprehensive meeting with Jõks."

By the deputy chairman's assessment, Jõks would be the biggest competition in the electoral college for their own party's confirmed candidate, MP Mailis Reps.

After the possible failed elections in the Riigikogu, the Center Party plans to call together all electoral college representatives belonging to the party, said Karilaid.

Support in numbers

In order to officially be nominated before the electoral committe as a presidential candidate, an individual needs the signatures of at least 21 MPs out of the total of 101. Center Party candidate MP Mailis Reps already had the signatures of all 27 members of the Center Party Parliamentary Group in July.

The Reform Party has 30 seats in the Riigikogu, and all 30 MPs have promised to give their votes to Siim Kallas.

Whether or not the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) candidate Allar Jõks will qualify to be nominated as a candidate will depend on what the Free Party decides on Friday night. IRL has 14 seats in the Riigikogu, which alone fall short of the minimum requirement of 21, however the Free Party, which has been consdering supporting Jõks' candidacy, could add up to eight votes to his name.

The Estonian presidential elections are scheduled to take place in the Riigikogu on August 29. All candidates must be submitted to the electoral committee for confirmation no later than August 27.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik



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.