Center Party divisions nominating candidates for chairman, board of directors
The Center Party's Ida-Viru County Division decided to nominate two candidates for the party's top position: Second Vice President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas and longtime incumbent party chairman Edgar Savisaar; the party's Põlva County Division has also backed Ratas for chairman.
Also nominated in Ida-Viru County for positions on the party's board of directors are division chairman Eevi Paasmäe, MPs Mailis Reps, Enn Eesmaa, Mihhail Korb and Siret Kotka, Tallinn Deputy Mayors Taavi Aas and Mihhail Kõlvart and MEP Yana Toom. Tallinn Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf was likewise nominated chair of the Center Party Court of Honor.
The party's Jõgeva County division has nominated Tallinn Deputy Mayors Aas and Mihhail Kõlvart, MPs Kadri Simson, Anneli Ott, Aadu Must and Eesmaa, Pirita City District Elder Tõnis Mölder, Center Party Ida-Viru County Division Chairman Evi Paasmäe and Viljandi County Division leader Helmut Hallemaa to positions on the Center Party's Board of Directors and Tallinn Deputy Mayor Klandorf for chairmanship of the party's court of honor.
The Põlva County Division has nominated the party's acting secretary general Jaak Aab, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Aas and MPs Eesmaa, Mihhail Korb, Must, Ott, Reps and Simson for positions on the board and Tallinn Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf for chairman of the party's court of honor.
Savisaar: Maybe we should give my opponents a chance
According to longtime party chairman Edgar Savisaar, it was the support of his party mates which motivated him to run to defend his position as chairman. "People everywhere encouraged me to run and talked about how they support me," he said.
At the same time, however, he expressed encouragement for his opponents for the position. "Eventually they will want to win and we have to understand this and maybe even give them opportunities [to do so]," said Savisaar.
The Center Party's extraordinary congress is scheduled to take place on Nov. 5 in the Central Estonian town of Paide.