Estonia: Reform does not want Kaja Kallas to resign as PM

The Estonian Reform Party does not want its leader, Kaja Kallas, to resign as prime minister, despite a scandal over the involvement of Kallas’s husband in business with Russia, ERR reports. Kallas has repeatedly insisted that she would not resign, and said that her party was not looking for a new prime minister, either. Following a meeting of Reform’s party leadership and parliamentary group, Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur said that there was no talk of Kallas resigning. Meanwhile, Tanel Kiik, chairman of the parliamentary group of the opposition Estonian Centre Party (Keskerakond), has proposed establishing a special committee to investigate the scandal, which both Reform and its coalition partner, Estonia 200, oppose. Having initially refused, Kallas has now agreed to attend hearings of parliamentary committees to discuss the affair.