Martin Helme said that he will not run against his father, Mart Helme, for the position of chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), but would be prepared to run should the elder Helme no longer be interested in doing the same.
"I will not run against the current party chairman," Martin Helme said on EKRE's portal. "That is clear, and my fundamental decision. I will not compete against my father. Should Mart decide that he no longer wants to be chairman of the party, then of course I will run for chairman. When Mart decides as much; I am in no way pressuring him to do so. On the contrary, quite honestly, I'd like him to continue."
The finance minister also listed his 70-year-old father's achievements as chairman of EKRE since the latter was first elected to the position in April 2013.
"Despite the criticism against him, over his past seven years as chairman, Mart has taken the party from 0 percent to nearly 20 percent support," Martin Helme said. "He has led the party to the Riigikogu, and in its second elections led the party to the government. This has been such a big job that I believe it would be totally unjustified to start swapping out the party chairman over a few cases of dissatisfaction.
EKRE's party congress is scheduled to take place in Tallinn next month; it is expected to take place on July 4-5.
Editor: Aili Vahtla