Isamaa on Thursday afternoon published the names of the party's ministerial candidates for the new Reform-Isamaa-SDE government coalition. The Social Democrats' picks for minister have been unveiled as well.
Isamaa party chair Helir Valdor-Seeder told ERR Isamaa's candidates for minister are as follows:
- minister of education and research: Tõnis Lukas
- minister of foreign affairs: Urmas Reinsalu
- minister of justice: Lea Danilson-Järg
- minister of entrepreneurship and IT: Kristjan Järvan
- minister of public administration: Riina Solman
Lea Danilson-Järg currently works as an editor at Estonian daily Postimees. Kristjan Järvan is a businessman and ideologist of Isamaa's pension reform. Madis Kallas is currently serving as municipal mayor of Saaremaa.
According to officially unconfirmed data, SDE's candidates for minister are as follows:
- minister of culture: Piret Hartman
- minister of the environment: Madis Kallas
- minister of economic affairs: Riina Sikkut
- minister of labor and health: Peep Peterson
- minister of the interior: Lauri Läänemets
Piret Hartman is currently serving as undersecretary for cultural diversity at the Ministry of Culture. Peep Peterson is currently chair of the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL).
Candidates for minister must still first be confirmed by Isamaa and SDE's respective party councils.
Four faces to remain
Reform ministers Andres Sutt, Liina Kersna and Maris Lauri had to leave the cabinet. According to officially unconfirmed info, Hanno Pevkur will be replacing Kalle Laanet as minister of defense.
Reform's remaining four ministers are to remain unchanged: Keit Pentus-Rosimannus is to continue as minister of finance, Urmas Kruuse as minister of rural affairs, Signe Riisalo as minister of social protection and Kaja Kallas as prime minister.
Senior coalition partner Reform has 34 seats, Isamaa 12 and SDE 9 seats in the 101-seat Riigikogu. Together, the three parties hold 55 seats.
Editor: Aili Vahtla