IRL deputy chairman: Elect new leadership in May ({{commentsTotal}})

Siim Kiisler (left) and Margus Tsahkna.
Siim Kiisler (left) and Margus Tsahkna. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Deputy chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Siim Kiisler, is planning to propose to the party’s leadership to elect a new chairman on May 6, when the party’s general meeting is scheduled to take place.

Daily Postimees quoted Kiisler in its Monday issue saying that it would be “strange” if the general meeting didn’t elect a new leadership as well.

“If the general meeting is coming together anyway, it would be very difficult to explain to party members that though the two years of the current leadership according to the statutes are almost up, but that we still won’t elect new leaders,” Kiisler told the paper.

IRL’s chairman, Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, said already more than two weeks ago that he was planning to call an extraordinary general meeting to change the party’s statutes.

According to Tsahkna, the statues would need to be changed before the party elects a new chairman and leadership. He wants to change the set-up and election procedure to the effect that each full party member would have one vote, instead of the internal political machine based on party sections currently in place.

Kiisler disagrees with Tsahkna’s idea of the timing of the internal elections. Where the current chairman would use the extraordinary meeting on May 6 to change the statutes, and wait for the regular general meeting to elect a new leadership, Kiisler would prefer to see both steps taken at once.

Editor: Dario Cavegn



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