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President Kaljulaid: considering the crisis situation I will already today make an offer to Kaja Kallas to become the candidate for Prime Minister  

President Kaljulaid: considering the crisis situation I will already today make an offer to Kaja Kallas to become the candidate for Prime Minister    © Mattias Tammet/office of the president

13.01.2021

The people of Estonia do not have time in the current crisis situation to wait for the formal deadlines, so I will make an offer to the Head of Reform Party Kaja Kallas already today to become the candidate for Prime Minister and begin forming a new functioning government, President Kersti Kaljulaid said at the press conference at Kadriorg.

“The law gives the Head of State 14 days starting from tomorrow to make the proposal. But let’s look around — what is the state of affairs? We have a virus crisis, causing the death of Estonian people daily. We have an economic crisis, which disrupts not one or two sectors, but the sense of safety of all of our people and their ability to cope. And there is the question of the trustworthiness of the state. The credibility of the state must be preserved and in many places also to be rebuilt in the eyes of our allies and partners,” President Kaljulaid said.

Therefore the Head of State will already today make an offer to the Head of Reform Party Kaja Kallas to become the candidate for Prime Minister and to begin forming a new functioning government tomorrow: “We do not have time in the current crisis situation to wait for the formal deadlines and to stretch time without good reason. Estonian people do not have time for it. I will meet with Kaja Kallas again already today, to discuss the situation.”

“The current government will continue working until the new government comes to the office. But as Prime Minister Jüri Ratas rightly said already at night – if the government has announced standing down, then important political decisions will no longer be made. „I sincerely hope that now also the plan to organise in the middle of the biggest virus and economic crisis a completely unnecessary referendum will be set aside. I am sure that the Riigikogu will find a different road today,” President Kaljulaid said.

The Head of State addressed also all 101 members of Riigikogu, stressing that they will decide the course Estonia will take: “You will decide what values the governance of our state will carry. Let your internal compass guide you, because people have chosen you for that reason. According to the constitution you are free in your mandate. You are free in your choices. Decide accordingly what would be best for Estonia today, tomorrow and the long-term future. I think it is reasonable if we all think about what kind of Estonia we want to leave to our children and grandchildren. Making these complicated choices and decisions both voting today and also hereafter.”

President Kaljulaid also pointed out that the suspicions stated yesterday will also give the Riigikogu a clear lead in something that they must begin to discuss quickly, no matter what the next coalition will be like: the financing of political parties needs to be reviewed again and given clearer rules. “I hope it will be one of the substantial topics of discussion of the parliament besides managing the effects of the virus crisis,” President of the Republic added.

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