Savisaar to run in local elections in Lasnamäe ({{commentsTotal}})

Former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar.
Former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

According to Olga Ivanova, chairwoman of the Lasnamäe chapter of the Center Party, former longtime party chairman Edgar Savisaar wants to run in the local elections taking place in October.

"Yes, he said to add his name to the list," Ivanova told BNS on Thursday, adding that she was busy at the moment and could not answer any further questions.

Party Secretary General Jaak Aab told BNS on Thursday, however, that he had no information regarding Savisaar running in local elections this October.

According to Aab, the party's Lasnamäe chapter had a meeting on Tuesday and nothing was said then about Savisaar's candidacy. "I know nothing about Savisaar's candidacy," he stated.

Savisaar's son, Erki Savisaar, told ERR's radio news on Thursday morning that his father will be running in the Lasnamäe District's local elections this fall. According to him, it had not yet been discussed under which number his father would run. "The chapter will make this decision," he said, "And I think they will make a good decision."

At the same time, the extended board of the Center Party's Tallinn Division in February awarded Tallinn deputy mayor Mihhail Kõlvart the top slot on the party's list of candidates for Lasnamäe, the largest and most ethnically Russian district of Tallinn, rejecting a proposal to give the spot to Savisaar, the party's former longtime leader.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS/ERR