Reform Party board member wants to question Kross after party switch
Reform Party board member Valdo Randpere said on television on Thursday that the party should ask ex-IRL member Eerik-Niiles Kross tough questions after he switched parties to join Reform.
Speaking on TV3's “Kolmeraudne,” Randpere said that Kross has failed to answer two questions: why do the Russians want him and the United States does not, pointing to the fact that Kross is wanted by Russian authorities, while the United States has issued a ban on Kross entering the country.
He said until those questions are answered, he will not be at ease with Kross, adding that he could take up the topic at the party's board meeting.
Randpere said that only a few people in the party knew of his defection before it was made public, and he was not one of them.
Randpere and Kross locked horns in the 2013 local elections, with Kross leading IRL's charge while Randpere was the top candidate for the Reform Party. Although Kross won that battle with 6,897 votes to Randpere's 2,343, neither party could muscle their way into Tallinn's city government, controlled by the Center Party.
Kross joined the Reform Party at the end of October, saying the party has gone through a generational shift and is more open. The Reform Party's approval of the Cohabitation Act and its prioritization of national defense issues were also cited.