No-confidence vote called by opposition parties in the Tallinn City Council against Mayor Edgar Savisaar held yesterday for Savisaar’s taxpayer-funded trip to the Sochi Games in February and for his recent remarks made in a speech in Moscow failed.
Councillors of Centre Party that has a dominant majority in the Tallinn City Council did not show up for the vote.
Martin Kukk, head of Reform Party's faction in Tallinn Council, said that the opposition finds it hard to trust a mayor who has used Tallinn taxpayer money to hold private meetings in the Russian Federation and exchanged his Estonian national team jacket for one of the Russian Railways one in Sochi.
Kukk said the party asked Savisaar to return the 2,384 euros, and the Russian Railways jacket he was pictured wearing while in Sochi. He said Savisaar was in Russia on the invitation of the head of the nation's railway company, Vladimir Yakunin.
Opposition Reform Party, IRL and Social Democrats have already filed another application to hold a new no-confidence vote against Savisaar for corruption and the way the City of Tallinn is run.