TALLINN – The board of the Estonian Center Party on Wednesday morning decided to expel Tartu Deputy Mayor Monica Rand from the party, the daily Postimees writes.
After expelling Rand from the party, the Center Party will be able to initiate a vote of no confidence in Rand in Tartu city council.
In late September of last year, newly-elected Tartu chapter chairman Jaan Toots and the new board of the Center Party's Tartu chapter sought the removal of Tartu Deputy Mayor Monica Rand and Madis Lepajoe. An attempt was made to also remove city council chair Aadu Must, but the board of the party was opposed to that.
After several months of disputes, Rand decided to tender her resignation on Nov. 7, after which she should have given up her deputy mayor position from January 2020. However, after the holidays, Rand was back at work and withdrew her resignation.