New Party Unlikely to Contest European Elections, Says Ojuland
MEP and former Reform Party minister Kristiina Ojuland says her new party will not help her keep her seat at the European Parliament, however, she will not completely rule her party entering the elections in May.
“If I had wanted to run for the European Parliament at any cost, I could have done it as a individual candidate,” she told uudised.err.ee, alluding to allegations that her aim is to keep her seat.
She said her party has prioritized the 2015 Parliamentary elections.
The European race cannot be completely ruled out, however, but that would require the approval of the entire party, which announced today it will be called the Party of People’s Unity, she said.
Ojuland added that once the party is officially registered, it will consider the EP elections.
The new party has 21 founding members, recruiting starts today and they hope to get the 1000 members required for registering a new party by April. According to a amendments in the Political Party Act that takes force on 1 April, the required number is lowered to 500, but Ojuland has prevously said that they are aiming for the 1,000-mark as they are in a hurry.
The European Parliament elections take place on 25 May this year.