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Reform leadership meets to discuss question of electing new chair

Meeting of the board of the Reform Party on Friday. Dec. 8, 2017.
Meeting of the board of the Reform Party on Friday. Dec. 8, 2017. Source: (Sander Koit/ERR)

The Reform Party convened for a regular board meeting at noon on Friday, where party leaders were to discuss the possibility of extraordinary chairman elections, a topic which has come up in the media recently.

Party spokesperson Ave Tampere confirmed to ERR that topics related to chairman elections would be discussed at Friday's meeting.

Reform Party honorary chairman Siim Kallas told ERR in an interview published on Friday morning that the party cannot head into the next elections with an internal rift, which is why the party should hold new internal elections next summmer.

Party chairman Hanno Pevkur responded by saying that he saw no reason for such intrigues, but that he was not worried by the prospect of new internal elections.

The Reform Party's next regular elections should take place in January 2019, just a few months ahead of the next Riigikogu elections.

"There are certainly people, and well-known people in Estonian politics, who are not satisfied with the current situation," party deputy chairman Urmas Paet told ERR's radio news ahead of Friday's meeting. He found that these things should be discussed, as the goal should be to be as strong as possible heading into the 2019 Riigikogu elections.

"If there are any sort of inconsistencies between various politicians and members, then of course we should try to clear these up first," Paet continued. "But it is also clear, of course, that in such a big political party as the Reform Party, it essentially makes no difference who the chairman is — there will always be those people who do not like the chairman."

He added that regardless of the decision, whether to hold elections sooner, keep them in January or delay them, the support of the majority of the party would still be needed. "Currently, no one actually has a clear picture of what the majority of the party thinks — whether someone has such a problem that these dates should be changed or not," noted the deputy chairman.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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