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Ex-Harmony members urge parties in Riga to resign from posts and start over

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Independents Deputies Faction, which consists of four deputies previously excluded from Harmony, in Riga City Council has presented a proposal for all political parties represented in the city council to step down from their posts, including the mayor, vice-mayors and heads of committees, and «reboot» the city council.

This proposal was detailed in a letter sent to Riga’s Mayor Dainis Turlais and all factions in the city council, as confirmed by Independent Deputies Faction’s leader Valērijs Petrovs.

«Considering what has happened at Riga City Council since the last meeting and with respect of the interests of all residents, we invite all political parties elected to the city council to take political responsibility for the situation in the municipality,» the open letter mentions.

It is worth adding that in this letter the situation in Latvia’s capital city is described as a political crisis.

The faction believes that all proposals to resolve the situation so far – removing specific officials from posts, dividing spheres of interest, or organizing emergency elections in Riga – will likely deepen the crisis.

«Riga City Council is primarily a management, not political, institution. This means we have to focus on proper management, maintenance and development of municipal infrastructure, not squabble over posts, short-sighted interests and political views,» the four ex-Harmony deputies say.

They stress that one of the most significant tasks before Riga City Council deputies is the next year’s budget, development of which is set to commence in the coming weeks. «Only a capable and rational city council will be able to approve the budget, secure wages for teachers, free lunches for children,» the open letter of the four ex-Harmony deputies explains.

Considering the aforementioned, the faction proposes that «all political parties represented in Riga City Council use their rights and step down from their posts in the municipal administration and reboot the city council by holding talks and forming a new coalition.»

Petrovs says his faction believes this is the only way to end the crisis and recover the trust of Riga’s residents. The faction now intends to wait for opinions from all political parties represented in the city council.

The four ex-Harmony deputies have yet to decide how they will vote if the city council decides to dismiss Dainis Turlais from his post as mayor of Riga.

As it is known, Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council split after a new mayor was elected. Four members were excluded from the faction for «serious violations». These include Vice-Mayor Vadims Baraņņiks and deputies Valērijs Petrovs, Aleksejs Rosļikovs and Vitālijs Dubovs.

The four have founded their our faction in the city council following their exclusion from Harmony.

Opposition parties in Riga City Council have decided to gather signatures to organize an extraordinary meeting for a no-confidence vote to Riga’s Mayor Dainis Turlais.


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