All Center Party ministers except Ratas to run in local elections

Center Party ministers Kadri Simson (right, front) and Tarmo Tamm (left, in the background). Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Except for Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, all of the Center Party’s ministers are running in the upcoming local elections in October this year.

Minister of education Mailis Reps and Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb have already been announced as the party’s list leaders in Tallinn’s Nõmme and Kesklinn districts. Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm confirmed to ERR on Thursday that he will run in his hometown of Põlva.

The party’s press spokesman, Andre Hanimägi, also confirmed that Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson would run, though he did not specify where.

The prime minister won’t be a candidate in this year’s local polls. As it was customary and would remain customary, the prime minister would stay out of the local elections, Hanimägi said.

In Estonia both members of the Riigikogu as well as the government often run as their parties’ figureheads in local elections—despite none of them may actually intend to join a local council.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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