Relative outsider nominated as new Saaremaa mayor

New Saaremaa rural municipality mayor Mikk Tuisk (SDE).
New Saaremaa rural municipality mayor Mikk Tuisk (SDE). Source: Margus Muld/ERR

Mikk Tuisk (SDE) has been nominated new Saaremaa rural municipality mayor, somewhat of a surprise choice, regional daily newspaper Saarte Hääl reports.

Tuisk, 35, will replace Madis Kallas, who recently stepped down after taking responsibility for the outbreak of coronavirus on the island. He said the offer was too good to turn down and is also reportedly Kallas' preferred choice.

Saarte Hääl (link in Estonian) wrote Rando Kubits, the chair of the SDE's Saaremaa branch, said while there were other higher profile options, these did not meet the necessary level of support, and as Tuisk has the requisite knowledge of the workings of the Saaremaa municipality, he would be a self-starter.

The municipality council has not set the next session yet, but it is most likely to be next week.

Tuisk was head of the municipality's administrative and economic department from 2018.


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