Mikser: Ossinovski Could Be 'Estonia's Obama' (2)
In comments made on ETV, Social Democratic leader Sven Mikser praised Jevgeni Ossinovski, who had a visible and successful campaign in Narva, as an "extraordinary young talent" in Estonian politics, and said in response to a question that he had no qualms seeing Ossinovski eventually as head of the party and government.
"I would be very happy seeing so capable a person as Jevgeni Ossinovski leading the government," Mikser said on "Foorum." It would be just as symbolic for Estonia as Barack Obama becoming president. I would not exclude that and neither should anyone else at the table that Estonia could one day have a prime minister whose mother tongue is Russian."
According to the ETV moderator, Ossinovski's money - he is an heir to a Russian-Estonian railway fortune - was cited by Center as responsible for the fact that he led all candidates in vote total in Narva, Mikser argued that in fact the Social Democrat campaign nationally was known to be modest, and said Ossnivovski's debating skills and personal appeal were the main reason he picked up over 2,400 votes - enough to win him a seat three times over.
The bulk of Mikser's comments had to do with corruption and Tallinn.
"Everyone knows that the corruption is a very serious topic. A multiparty coalition would be the best solution for fighting such abuses, we all know that."
He said that voters were not blind to corruption, but that they felt they had too much at stake.
"It would be extremely foolish to think that Estonia has 100,000 benighted voters who love corruption and who therefore vote for Center. It would be just as foolish to think that these people don't know or haven't heard about the Center committing abuses and wasting public resources on party campaigns," said Mikser.
But a fear has been sown in these people, he continued, "an artificial fear."
"If competitors want to bring Center back to earth and achieve a multiparty coalition government, the question is not about who is most opposed to Savisaar or the biggest anti-Savisaar but who can speak to those over 100,000 voters and say: you have no reason to fear us."