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Reform Party to hold extraordinary elections in April

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The Reform Party board convened on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
The Reform Party board convened on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The Reform Party board decided on Wednesday to hold an extraordinary general assembly in April, where the party is to elect a new chairman and board.

Following the meeting, deputy chairman Jürgen Ligi told ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera" that a new general assembly will be held in April, where the party will also elect a new chairman.

Reform chairman Hanno Pevkur specified that the general assembly and elections will be held on April 14.

Asked whether MEP Kaja Kallas would remain the party's sole candidate for chairwoman, Pevkur responded that time would tell. Ligi, however, said that it seemed to him as though Kallas would indeed remain the only candidate.

Kallas said that she is thus far the only one who has announced her candidacy for the party's top spot.

The current MEP said that, if elected chairwoman, she would visit Estonia significantly more often than before, and she would focus more of her attention on Estonia as well.

"Aktuaalne kaamera" also asked Kallas how well she believed Pevkur has done his job as party chairman, to which she replied that she still supports him. "It is his choice not to run himself anymore," she added.

For the first time, the Reform Party will also be electing three regional representatives directly from its chapters.

Assembly to come year before next Riigikogu elections

A number of sources told ERR ahead of Wednesday's meeting that the general assembly would be planned for neither January nor next summer, but sometime in between. "We will find a compromise," Pevkur said in response to the claim.

The current party chairman had initially suggested holding the general assembly in January, announcing that he himself would not be running for the party's top spot again and recommending MEP Kaja Kallas as his replacement.

By mid-December, however, members of the Reform Party board had yet to reach a consensus regarding when exactly to have the general assembly.

Board member Ants Laaneots' position, meanwhile, was clear. "My personal view is that if we decide in favor of elections, they should be held in March or April, or one year before the 2019 Riigikogu elections," he told ERR on Monday.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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