Deputy chairman of the Center Party Mailis Reps has said she will not become a minister in the new government. Reps resigned in November after misusing a ministry car.
Reps, who is leading negotiations for the Center Party, was minister of education and research until November.
Over the last week, speculation has grown that she would become a minister in the next government after negotiations have been finalized.
On Thursday, she said in a statement: "The attention is pleasing, but in order for the delegations negotiating the coalition to be able to focus on content issues and avoid various speculations, I can assure you that I will not continue as a minister in the next government."
In November, newspaper Õhtuleht published a story claiming Reps had allowed her children to travel in a ministry car, which was paid for by the taxpayer.
The police have launched a misdemeanor proceeding to investigate the use of Reps' official car which is ongoing.
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