Savisaar makes first public appearance since illness
Tallinn Mayor and Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar made his first public appearance since falling seriously ill, having a leg amputated and spending three months in hospital.
Savisaar opened a Re-Independence Day event on Thursday at the Freedom Square. During the opening, Savisaar moved to a podium and stood up.
Savisaar suffered an acute infection in March, shortly after the elections, leading to doctors amputating his right leg above the knee. Many speculated he would retire from politics, but Savisaar seemed in good form, making a joke about Estonia rising again, when standing up to the podium.
“We are again together on the Freedom Square, just as we were 24 years ago when we fought Estonia free. And just like six years ago when we rebuilt the Freedom Square. The square is like the conscience of our people. It is the most important and greatest monument to Estonia's independence,” Savisaar said.
Savisaar' short speech was followed by a free concert to celebrate Estonia regaining independence from the Soviet Union in August 20, 1991.