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Burovs admits having no stable team in Riga City Council

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Mayor of Riga Oļegs Burovs

In spite of the fact that more than a month has passed since being elected as mayor of Riga, Oļegs Burovs still has not succeeded in forming a team, the mayor admits.

It is possible that a new split is forming between Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga in Riga City Council, because last week committees failed to make several important decisions last week due to the lack of votes.

Last week’s meeting was missed by multiple Harmony members. Concerns were even voiced in regards to another possible split. Versions were voiced that three more members – Sandris Bergmanis, Igors Kuzmuks and Jefimijs Klementjevs – could split away from the party.

On Wednesday, 25 September, however, the coalition members attended the meeting in full numbers and matters were discussed and approved unanimously.

Deputy Bergmanis denied the rumours about the possible split in his party. «All deputies had justified reasons for being absent from the meeting. Harmony is unified and you should ask people who spread rumours about the split,» said the member of the city council.

Deputy Kuzmuks admits he had missed the meeting due to personal reasons. «I had foreign guests and I had informed all members of the faction of my absence in advance,» claims Kuzmuks, adding that the situation in the party is stable.

Unofficial talks in the City Council show that the coalition is not as stable as implied, and even though on Wednesday members of the city council were present in full and matters were discussed and approved unanimously, the situation could change at any moment.

The mayor also told journalists that last week was not the best when it comes to discipline.

«Everyone is back today and I hope everything will be fine. For how long – time will tell. Last week’s events point towards the fact that deputies have certain reservations against one another. I propose we look if our main goals are not mutually exclusive and stop arguing which is better and at whose expense we should search for political capital. Instead we should do something positive, because Riga’s residents expect quality work from us,» said the mayor, adding that he is not certain he works in a large and consolidated team.

When asked if he sees any risks of the coalition falling apart, Burovs said he does his job and does not think about what could happen tomorrow.

Burovs did not mention any reasons for infighting within Harmony, adding that there are multiple reasons. However, he adds that no one is asking for posts.


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