Pevkur: Reform Party needs new platform
Former Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur, who is one of two candidates for the chairmanship of the Reform Party, said in an interview with ERR’s Estonian online news on Wednesday that as the party’s platform was more than ten years old, it was time to come up with a new one.
Pevkur said that other than Kristen Michal, the second candidate, he would be a more open-minded leader of the party, who would take into account more varying opinions. Pevkur criticized the fact that the Reform Party has been run by a close circle ever since it was founded, and that even its leadership had the function to merely rubber-stamp that circle’s decisions, already in an interview last week.
The backroom politics of the party had led to a situation where in some cases, the leadership had not been involved in all decisions, and it had not been explained to the party’s members how one or the other decision had come to pass at all.
“I concentrate on what I want to do. I want to involve the leadership more, I want to have more people from the regions in the leadership, I want that in the future the party’s council is strongly represented through different sections, and also NAIRE and the seniors,” Pevkur said. NAIRE is the Reform Party’s women’s section.
Asked how he figured his chances looked to actually become chairman, Pevkur said that in his opinion they were about 50-50. His and Michal’s chances to introduce their positions were about equal.
About the party financing scandal of 2012, in which Michal was involved, Pevkur said that it had affected both the party and the government of Andrus Ansip at the time. Michal, at the time minister of justice, had to resign, to come back to follow Juhan Parts (IRL) as minister of economic affairs and infrastructure later on. But things had moved on from then.