Pevkur talking to Siim and Kaja Kallas, Jurgen Ligi about vice chair jobs

  • 2017-01-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Hanno Pevkur, newly elected chairman of the Estonian Reform Party, has contacted Siim Kallas, Kaja Kallas and Jurgen Ligi as potential candidates for the positions of vice chairman of the party.

"It's been a tradition so far that the board members getting the biggest number of votes also will be vice chairs," Pevkur told BNS on Monday. "I'm speaking to all these persons on whether they agree to become vice chairmen of the party, but I haven't received a response from all of them yet," he said.

The top three vote scorers in the election of the board of the Reform Pary on Saturday were Siim Kallas, honorary chairman of the party, with 1,074 votes, MEP Kaja Kallas with 1,063 votes and Jurgen Ligi with 999 votes.

Pevkur said the tradition that the board members getting the biggest number of votes become vice chairs will not necessarily continue. "The board will gather still this week and the decision will be made then," he added.

In the previous leadership of the party, the positions of vice chairman were held by Hanno Pevkur, Kaja Kallas, and Jurgen Ligi.

Reform, the biggest opposition party in Estonian parliament Party on Saturday elected Pevkur as its new chairman following the resignation of Taavi Roivas, who was ousted as prime minister of Estonia in a confidence vote in parliament in November. Pevkur was elected as leader of the party with 1,048 votes, against 635 votes cast for rival candidate Kristen Michal, head of the party's parliamentary group and former minister of economic affairs and infrastructure. The congress on Saturday also elected the party's new board.