Two Former Army Chiefs Join Reform Party (13)
Former Defense Forces' commanders in chief Johannes Kert and Ants Laaneots both joined the Reform Party today.
Laaneots held the top post from 2006-11 and ran in local elections for the party, collecting a more than respectable 893 votes in Tartu.
Kert was commander in chief between 1996-2000, and has held a number of other government posts. He is currently an adviser at the Defense Ministry.
Both retired generals cited the party's stance on security issues as one of the main reasons for joining.
A number of public figures have joined politics or switched sides in recent months. The reason is likely to be found in the upcoming parliamentary elections at the beginning of March.
ETV host Maire Aunaste joined IRL, as did former Center Party MP Aivar Riisalu. Center Party heavyweight Jüri Ratas has been linked with the Reform Party, with even talk of a ministerial position for Ratas, who was the Mayor of Tallinn before Edgar Savisaar.