New Year, New Political Parties?

Parliament (ERR)
1/6/2014 1:06 PM
Category: Politics

Two political heavyweights who have recently left their parties have announced separate ambitions to create new political parties in recent days.

Andres Herkel, who has been an MP for 15 years, said on ETV's “Terevisioon” program today that his Free Patriotic Citizen election coalition is working towards setting up a new party.

“We have four parties in Parliament and obstacles for newcomers into politics are unreasonably high, which has led to a standstill in new ideas and reforms,” Herkel said, adding that state financial aid to parties is high, which keeps newcomers away.

He said that the nation's political and electoral systems are very Scandinavian, but no Scandinavian parliament has only four parties.

Herkel, who recently quit IRL, said that 2014 should be the deadline for forming new political forces for next year's parliamentary elections.

The other politician looking to start a party is an MEP. “People do not want new slogans, but reforms that would have visible affects on day-to-day their lives,” Kristiina Ojuland, who was ejected from the Reform Party after the PM accused her of rigging votes in an internal election, said in a press release on Saturday.

She said that if voters try to speak with the state, but are ignored then the only step would be to change the people running the state.

“It is high time to end the short-term politics and agree and act on a vision of the state,” Ojuland said.

Three new liberal-right parties?

Jaan Männik, the former head of the Bank of Estonia's supervisory board, said half a year ago that his new project would be to create a new political party.

"I believe Estonia should be developing more quickly than it is. Something has to change in Estonian society. Either the governing parties have to reconstruct themselves internally or a new political force must be found," Männik told uudised.err.ee in June.

Although not a IRL member, Männik was the party's candidate for President of Estonia in 2006 and is thought to harbor liberal economic values.


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