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"Karavajev said he was a mere screw in the political machine. I am telling you, Mr. Karavajev, you are not a screw - you are shit!" Klenski exclaimed in Russian, causing a mixed reaction of laughter and moaning from the audience.
In another dangerously offensive remark, Klenski said that deputies from the Center Party who had changed their affiliation should "prepare a piece of rope for themselves before somebody else did it for them."
Res Publica's Kaupo Reede responded by expressing hope that Klenski knew public libel was a prosecutable offense in Estonia.
In his final address to the City Council before the vote, Savisaar said the opposition's budget-related claims were a mere formality to get rid of the centrists' rule. Briefly describing the coalition's achievements in the capital, the Center Party leader said that city residents were apparently happy with the coalition as its approval ratings were high. He also drew parallels between Palts and himself, saying that both faced confidence votes over budget issues.
Finally, he offered an olive branch to the turncoat deputies. "I understand the possible personal and financial problems of the Centrists who have changed sides, and I forgive them," he said.
To add dramatic effect, a girl carrying the flowers and with eyes full of tears gazed at the cameras-surrounding Savissar, who was criticized for ruining Tallinn city finances and using the city's PR office as a Center Party propaganda tool.
In the end, 34 out of 63 deputies supported the no-confidence vote.
Shortly afterward, Savisaar said that the change of power was a prelude for the possible merger of Res Publica and the Reform Party, both right-wing parties, which in turn could precipitate another government crisis. The outgoing mayor said that Estonia could see yet another new prime minister if such a scenario were to become reality.
In accordance with Estonian law, Savisaar could reclaim his seat in the City Council, but in an e-mail sent hours before the vote to the city government, Savisaar claimed that he would never work again for Tallinn.
The Centrists currently have 26 seats on the City Council. Res Publica and the Reform Party hold 18 and 11 respectively, while the Estonian United People's Party has three seats and the People's Union four.
Tallinn's new deputy mayors are Kaupo Reede and Diana Ingerainen from Res Publica, Peep Aaviksoo, Tatjana Muravjova and Ulle Rajasalu from the Reform Party, and Vladimir Maslov of the People's Union.
In addition to this political card shuffle, two out of the Center Party's four city borough heads have stated their resignation. The former working term of a city borough head - a politically distributed position - ended when the new city council was elected.