This starts a series of Estonian elections (local government in 2013, European parliament in 2014, National parliament in 2015 and president in 2016) urging political parties to get ready for the big race.
And this year elections got more interesting with expats running for local city council, Abdul Turay (from SDE), pledging to represent the foreigner community in Estonia, followed by John Slade (from Keskerakond).
Estonian Political Parties
Estonia has a multi-party system, where the biggest parties (by parliamentary representation) are Reformierakond (Reform party), Keskerakond (Centre party), IRL (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) and Sotsiaaldemokraatlik Erakond (Social Democratic party).
You can see the last Estonian elections results for Local Government in 2009 and for Parliament in 2011 to get a picture of the players in 2013 elections:
|Tallinn Municipal Elections results 2009 (total votes: 212828)|
|Party||Votes||Percentage of total|
|Erakond Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit||32939||15,4%|
|Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised||4655||2,1%|
|Erakond Eesti Kristlikud Demokraadid||637||0,2%|
Tallinn Mayor Candidates 2013
The current candidates for Tallinn Mayor are:
- Edgar Savisaar (the actual mayor, from Keskerakond)
- Valdo Randpere (Reformierakond)
- Eerik-Niiles Kross (IRL)
- Andres Anvelt (SDE)
- Mart Helme (from Conservative People's Party of Estonia, newly created in 2012)
And did you know that Tallinn already had foreigner politicians? Abram Petrovich Gannibal, the grandfather of Russian author Pushkin, was the superintendent of Reval from 1742 to 1752. Talk about small world!