Helir-Valdor Seeder elected chairman of IRL ({{commentsTotal}})

Newly elected IRL chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder at the party's extraordinary congress on Saturday afternoon. May 13, 2017.
Newly elected IRL chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder at the party's extraordinary congress on Saturday afternoon. May 13, 2017. Source: (Aurelia Minev/ERR)

The Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) at Saturday's extraorinary congress elected Helir-Valdor Seeder its new chairman, replacing current chairman Margus Tsahkna.

A total of 643 members of IRL participated in the extraordinary congress, of which 632 cast their ballots as well. Seeder won as chairman with 322 votes.

304 members had voted for opposing candidate Kaia Iva.

Siim Kiisler, Viktoria Ladõnskaja and Andres Metsoja were elected deputy chairmen of the party.

Elected to the party's extended leadership were Tunne Kelam, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Urmas Reinsalu, Riina Solman, Raivo Aeg, Kati Kuusk, Sven Sester, Harri Juhani Aaltonen, Priit Sibul, Andres Luus, Marko Pomerants, Madis Kübar, Olle Koop, Erik Sandla, Aivar Kokk, Aivar Riisalu, Ann Räämet, Sirle Rosenfeldt, Pipi-Liis Siemann and Kaspar Kokk.

Elected to the party's court of honor were Jaanus Barkala, Kerli Elbrecht, Maie Lavrentjeva, Ingrid Mühling, Silvi Ojamuru, Jan Trei, Jüri Trei, Trivimi Velliste and Avo Üprus.

Elected to the audit committee were Riina Kitt, Ants Pauls, Andrus Saare, Einar Vallbaum and Kristjan Ühtid.

Party members also voted on whether or not to make changes to the party statutes, with 570 members for and 38 against changing them.

Seeder told ERR on Saturday morning that he hoped that the congress would provide a positive background against which to move forward and that everyone would vote with their head.

Siim-Valmar Kiisler, who was elected a deputy chairman, said that the people who came to the congress were strong and hardened and prepared to strongly represent IRL's worldview.

Kiisler considered it the duty of IRL's new chairman to clearly divide up areas of management and identify responsible parties. "Then formulate our short-term objectives," he continued. "If among them are any that need to be negotiated together with other parliamentary parties, then do that as well."

In the last nationwide party ratings poll commissioned by ERR and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS, support for IRL fell below the five-percent election threshold.

Editor: Aili Vahtla