Jaan Männik decides against running in election as EKRE member

Jaan Männik.
Jaan Männik. Source: Martin Dremljuga/ERR

Former chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Bank of Estonia Jaan Männik has decided against running in the 2019 Riigikogu elections as a member of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE).

"My kids said that they constantly have to hear talk of, 'Your father is a racist!' and answering questions like, 'Is your father a racist?'" Männik told weekly Eesti Ekspress.

"One could say I misjudged EKRE's reputation among young people," he said, explaining why he decided not to run after all. "Family is more important than my personal political career, however, and I don't want to put my family into this position."

In a speech given at EKRE's Summer Days event, Männik had said that he is a nationalist-conservative in worldview, and that beyond EKRE, there are currently no other parties in Estonia focused on nationalist-conservative policy.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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