TALLINN – A congress of the Center Party on Saturday evening gave a new mandate to the party's current chairman Juri Ratas, the prime minister of Estonia, to continue in the post of party leader and elected Tanel Kiik and Lauri Laats as new members of the party's governing board.
Kiik is the minister of social affairs in the Estonian government and Laats is the elder of the Tallinn city district of Mustamae.
The board that gathered immediately after the congress endorsed a proposal by Ratas to appoint Mailis Reps, Mihhail Kolvart, Jaanus Karilaid and Tanel Kiik as deputy chairs of the party. In addition to them, the board is made up of Taavi Aas, Lauri Laats, Yana Toom, Siret Kotka, Vadim Belobrovtsev, Eha Vork, Marika Tuus-Laul, Anneli Ott and Enn Eesmaa.
The new composition of the board ruled to extend the employment contract of Mihhail Korb as secretary general of the party.
Kalle Klandorf will continue as the head of the court of honor of the Center Party.
"My heartfelt gratitude goes out to members of the Center Party for the trust," Ratas said in his speech after the election. "Without doubt, the focus of attention of the board's new composition will be on the local elections due next year. In order to achieve the best result, we need great activity by the leaders of regions, regional chapters, the extended board and committees. It is a duty of the leadership of the Center Party to discuss proposals and to use them in shaping of our policy if possible. The contribution of each member of the Center Party counts."
Ratas has been at the helm of the Center Party since Nov. 5, 2016.