In an address to the party executive committee, the six members, including the former mayor of Narva, Tarmo Tammiste, expressed their outrage and opposition to the practice of admitting new party members without first obtaining the approval of the executive committee, writes the regional daily Põhjarannik (Link Estonian), the blame for which they put Yana Toom fair and direct at your feet, and also Allen Allet, coordinator of the centre’s Ida-Viru County branch.
However, Yana Toom, a MEP, told ERR on Tuesday morning that Tarmo Tammiste had forged three of the signatures on the statement, indicating that she and Allen Allet could no longer work together. She also told Põhjarannik that two of the signatories learned of their alleged attitudes only after reading about it in the daily newspaper.
The names on the declaration are next to Tammiste Vitali Ilyin, Jana Kirs, Maksim Volkov, Lyudmilla Morina and Natalya Shibalova.
The statement read: “Such actions [on new member admission] cast a shadow on the party and share it, which shows that some members of the party value their personal ambitions more highly and are ready to take completely incomprehensible steps in that direction, which could have dire consequences for the entire party. “
Narva urban politics were often turbulent. In 2018, a group of breakaway centers called “Our Home, Narva” was founded by disgruntled city officials. Aleksei Jevgarov, who had been ousted as mayor last month, and Irinia Janovich, who resigned as chairman of the city council, were members of Our Home, Narva and decided to join or re-join the center, along with several other MPs to restore with Toom’s blessing the majority of the party in the council chambers. Jevgarov and the other council members, 12 people in total, want to join the center but have not yet done so, as the online ERR news in Estonian reports shows.
The Center Party has a majority in Tallinn City Council and in several other parishes, particularly in parishes with a Russian-speaking majority or at least a significant presence – a traditional source of much of the party’s support. It is also in office at the national level, in a coalition with the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and Isamaa.
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