Ilves Will Ask Us to Form Government Next Year, Savisaar Says (1)
Chairman of the Center Party and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar brushed aside concerns about the current prime minister candidates, saying the issue will become relevant for the party next year, after the parliamentary elections.
“The prime minister candidate will become an issue for us next March, when we have won the parliamentary elections and when a weepy-faced Ilves is forced to ask us to form the government,” Savisaar said on Thursday on the mayoral program on Tallinn Television.
“And he will, because shirking [the perceived duty] and saying that he cannot ask the Center Party to form a government won't do, it would be a serious step in today’s Europe, even though it's Ilves's last term,” Savisaar said.
Savisaar said it was natural that the chairman of the party is the candidate for prime minister, although, he said, there were exceptions.
In 2003, Savisaar's Center Party won the general elections, and he was duly nominated first by then President Arnold Rüütel. However, with three other parties having already made headway in coalition talks, Savisaar declined the offer.