In the previous elections, everything was different, ETV news program “Aktuaalne kaamera” reported on Thursday. There were more candidates and the debates were well under way.
So far, President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonian Academy of Sciences Tarmo Soomere and former President of Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) have said they will stand as candidates, but the coalition has yet to proposed no candidate. An agreement is needed between the parties because the president must be elected by a two-thirds majority, ie 68 votes.
Isamaa President Helir-Valdor Seeder told AK he believes the experience of the last election, where the Riigikogu could not agree on a candidate, prevents parties from choosing candidates.
“Not only is it a disappointment, but it is also a precaution. Attention by political parties that each party will come out with its own individual candidate and in free competition without the parties trying to reach a broader agreement, this result may not make sense at all, ”he said.
EKRE president Martin Helme called the situation embarrassing and shameful and blamed the format of the elections, which sees the Riigikogu and the electoral board elect a president rather than a public vote.
“We have a presidential election system that is completely hopeless. Our presidential election system is not conducive to having worthy candidates. If we have worthy candidates, they will be appointed at the last minute. And, in fact, we still have a presidential election system. that promotes backroom deals, ”he said.
On Thursday, EKRE officially nominated former Riigikogu President Henn Põlluaas as a candidate. As the EKRE lacks votes to nominate Põlluaas to the Riigikogu, they can count on the electoral council.
Social Democratic Party (SDE) President Indrek Saar stressed the majority needed to elect the president and said that without the support of the Reform Party, the president will not be elected to the Riigikogu.
“But without them it is impossible to get a deal,” he said.
The SDE is ready to support the current President Kersti Kaljulaid if the coalition parties, Reform and Center, also support her.
Center Party Chairman Jüri Ratas agrees with Helme that the system is down and needs to be changed, but added that this has been repeated many times and no changes have been made. .
“The situation today is still very open. I think it is very difficult to say definitive positions today because these delicate consultations between the parties are ongoing and they have not gone very far,” he said. said Ratas, referring to the current situation.
Kristen Michal of the Reform Party also said there was nothing concrete to say yet. “As far as I know, these discussions are taking place right now, and they are probably taking place at other levels rather than just among the leaders,” he said.
However, no one believes that no candidate will be presented.
“I think we have three candidates today: Kersti Kaljulaid, Tarmo Soomere and Henn Põlluaas. And certainly, all three are serious and worthy people, but I think there will be more candidates by the end. of the day, ”Ratas said.
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