EKRE says MPs with dual citizenship should leave parliament (1)

Valdo Randpere (Postimees/Scanpix)
7/4/2016 5:38 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

MPs Imre Sooäär and Valdo Randpere, who both are citizens of other countries beside Estonia, should leave the Riigikogu, the parliamentary group of the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) said on Monday.

EKRE’s parliamentary group submitted a proposal to the effect to the board of the Riigikogu, spokespeople said on Monday.

EKRE Riigikogu members suggested that the parliamentary board ask the Supreme Court to terminate the powers of Sooäär and Randpere before the end of their term in office, as they did not meet the requirements to be members of parliament.

The group also asked the board to check whether other members of the Riigikogu besides Sooäär and Randpere unlawfully held dual citizenship, spokespeople said.

The deputy chairman of EKRE’s parliamentary group, Henn Põlluaas, said that a citizen of Estonia by law was not allowed to hold the citizenship of another country at the same time. Reform Party members Sooäär and Randpere had publicly confirmed that they held another passport in addition to their Estonian one, he said, and pursuant to law, their Estonian citizenship should be taken from them.

Citizenship not only entailed rights, but also obligations, Põlluaas said. “Holding the citizenship of several countries means a covenant with several countries, an obligation to act in the interest of other countries as well. This raises the question whose interests members of the Riigikogu represent who hold also other countries’ citizenship. It's clearly a security risk,” Põlluaas said.

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