Prime Minister Andrus Ansip to resign

25.02.2014, 10:14

Andrus Ansip, Europe’s longest-serving Prime Minister, will resign along with his government on March 4, he announced at a traditional Independence Day speech on the state of affairs of the nation Sunday night, reported ERR.

The resignation is the first step in a leadership reshuffle in the Reform Party. European Union Commissioner and founder of the party Siim Kallas is expected to take his place and lead the party into the 2015 parliamentary elections. The party is due to hold a congress on Sunday, March 2.

IRL and the Reform Party are likely to form the next government, but the Social Democrats now have enough MPs to offer an alternative, having attracted a number of ex-Center Party MPs to its ranks.

Ansip, 56, has been tipped to become Estonia's next EU commissioner after Kallas' term ends in the second half of the year. Ansip has held the post since 2005, having guided his party to victory in two parliamentary elections. He is, or was, one of Europe's longest-serving prime ministers.