Chairwoman of the Center Party's parliamentary group in the Riigikogu, Kersti Sarapuu, denied claims on Saturday that some of its MPs might vote in favor of a potential motion of no confidence against Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL).
If they did, Center's MPs would be voting against a member of their own party's government, as the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) is a junior member of the coalition.
"Claims published in the media alleging that five members of the Center Party group would sign the motion of no confidence against the minister of justice are not true. In today's meeting of the parliament group, the opinion clearly prevailed that MPs of the Center Party do not support a motion of no confidence against Urmas Reinsalu," Sarapuu said in a press release published on Friday evening.
She added that the Center Party's group will discuss the situation further in its meeting on Monday.
Media reported on Friday that Center Party MPs Oudekki Loone, Marika Tuus-Laul, Heimar Lenk, Peeter Ernits, and former party member Olga Ivanova (independent) may join the no-confidence motion.
Oudekki Loone told BNS on Friday that the possibility can't be ruled out that some MPs will back the motion.
The Reform Party's group, led by Jürgen Ligi, expects Reinsalu to resign by Monday. If he doesn't, the party will hand in a motion of no confidence against him (ERR News reported).
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