Simson: Ligi is a pragmatic choice in the interest of the Reform Party

MP Kadri Simson (Center) (Siim Lõvi /ERR)
9/12/2016 5:05 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

Commenting on Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas’ decision to choose Jürgen Ligi as Estonia’s next foreign minister, chairwoman of the opposition Center Party’s parliamentary group, Kadri Simson, said it would have been too much to expect Rõivas to put the state’s interests ahead of those of his party.

Simson told BNS on Monday that “there are definitely more suitable foreign policy experts in Estonia than him, but they are unfortunately not in the right party.”

According to Simson, appointing Ligi as foreign minister was a pragmatical choice. Rõivas obviously preferred sending a message to his own party and quiet things down after the excitement surrounding the presidential candidacies. About Ligi, Simson said that he was a “universal minister” that could be sent anywhere.

“To me it seems Ligi doesn’t know how to talk to a woman. Now he has to be particularly careful, as he’ll be meeting Angela Merkel, Theresa May, or Hillary Clinton,” Simson said.

Commenting on former finance minister Maris Lauri being appointed as the next education and research minister, Simson said that Lauri was put there to avoid a vacant chair, but that based on her character she probably wouldn’t make any big mistakes.

The leadership of the Reform Party decided on Monday morning to endorse current Minister of Education and Research Jürgen Ligi as candidate for the position of foreign minister. Former finance minister Maris Lauri is to follow Ligi as education and research minister.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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