According to daily Eesti Päevaleht, Estonian MP Marko Mihkelson, who left the coalition Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) this June, may yet join the opposition Reform Party before the year is out.
Reform has spoken to Mihkelson regarding joining for a long time, but he has remained unsure. The situation has changed in recent weeks, however, as Kaja Kallas is likely to become the new leader of the Reform Party and may attract new people to the party.
Mihkelson did not wish to discuss the topic and simply said that he will not comment on any decisions linked to his career.
"Mihkelson has a lot to reflect on with this step," wrote the paper. "It is unlikely that Mihkelson, who narrowly lost multiple ministerial positions in IRL, wants even less in the Reform Party." At the same time, Reform as an opposition party may offer something, but if the elections are not won, all does not depend on them. Besides, there are old-timers in the party as well who could potentially be interested in these posts.
It cannot be ruled out that if Mihkelson joins the Reform Party, he will also try to run for a position on the party board, but fresh party members are usually not successful in doing so.
Editor: Aili Vahtla