Social Democratic Party (SDE) parliamentary group chairman Kalvi Kõva has been named acting secretary general of the party after Kristen Kanarik announced on Jan. 1 that he is stepping down from the position himself.
Kõva told ERR that party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski had offered him the position, which he accepted.
"I know exactly what this position means and the work it involves," he said. "I have held this position years ago."
The party's board must also approve of Kõva taking office as acting secretary general. With the board's approval, he would serve in the position through the next party congress, where he would hopefully receive a mandate for continuing as party secretary general.
Kõva also noted that he did not plan on continuing as SDE parliamentary group chairman on top of his new position, indicating that he would remain group chairman only until the group made the necessary changes to its leadership within the next couple of months.
Editor: Aili Vahtla