According to Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder, there has been talk for some time within the party about the need to change its name, and the matter needs to be discussed during the upcoming year, ahead of the 2019 Riigikogu elections.
The current party name, which is Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit in Estonian, is just a bit too long, according to Seeder, who compared it to the ease of saying Reformierakond (the Reform Party) or Keskerakond (the Center Party), which are just one word each, reported Delfi (link in Estonian).
According to the party chairman, the name "Pro Patria and Res Publica Union" is a good representation of the fact that two previously separate parties once joined together, but also hints at the existence of two sides within the party and doesn't reflect the unity that exists within it.
As party members have a lot of different ideas regarding the party's name, Seeder has declined for now to share his personal opinion on the matter.
Previous party chairman Margus Tsahkna had proposed returning to the party name "Pro Patria."
Editor: Aili Vahtla