TALLINN - The board of the Tartu chapter of the Center Party on Thursday chose Aleksandr Sirokov as candidate for deputy mayor of Tartu, Postimees reported.
The chairman of the Tartu chapter, Jaan Toots, said the board had one more candidate who withdrew their candidacy. He declined to reveal the candidate's name.
Sirokov, who currently serves as elder of the Peipsiaare rural municipality, joined the Estonia 200 party in November 2018 and collected 453 votes in the Riigokogu elections three and a half months later. He quit Estonia 200, which failed to win any seats in the parliament in the March 2019 elections, on Sept. 13 last year.
The board of the Center Party on Wednesday morning decided to expel Tartu Deputy Mayor Monica Rand from the party. 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 deputy mayors 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.