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For Riga bloc may Burovs’ remainder as Riga’s mayor; pick their own man to be vice-mayor

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Aleksejs Rosļikovs, Baiba Broka, Druvis Kleins, Honour to Serve Riga, Oļegs Burovs, Oskars Putniņš, Riga

Druvis Kleins

For Riga bloc in Riga City Council is prepared to support Oļegs Burovs’ remainder as mayor of Riga. Additionally, deputies have picked Druvis Kleins as their candidate to become vice-mayor of Riga, as confirmed by the bloc’s leader Oskars Putniņš.

He says the bloc waited for the opposition to pick their own mayoral candidate until the last moment, but because no one was picked the bloc decided to support Burovs.

When asked which of the bloc’s members could take the vacant post in Riga Freeport authority, Putniņš responded by saying that most likely he will be picked. As for who could take charge over the City Development Committee if the Independent Deputies Faction’s Aleksejs Rosļikovs ends up dismissed, Putniņš said one potential candidate is Baiba Broka.

Commenting on the possible cooperation with the Independent Deputies Faction, Putniņš said he hopes it will be possible to continue cooperation with city council members on topics they had previously agreed upon. At the same time, there are only plans for future talks with the Independent Deputies Faction.

If Riga City Council deputies from For Riga bloc, Baiba Broka, Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga vote in support of Burovs, the coalition would consist of 32 deputies.

An extraordinary meeting of Riga City Council, during which deputies plan to vote in favour or against Burovs’ remainder in his post as mayor is scheduled for 17:30 on Thursday, 28 November.

 Putniņš mentioned that talks in regards to possible formation of a new coalition are held with For Riga and independent deputy Baiba Broka – topics on the table include initiatives, including ones to improve the demographic situation, and possible distribution of posts.

For Riga leader Putniņš had previously confirmed having met with the mayor. The two discussed Putniņš’s vision regarding possible cooperation and different initiatives, including benefits for families, businessmen, etc.

Putniņš said not specific decision regarding For Riga bloc’s joining the coalition has been made so far. This is because they are still waiting for any news from the opposition, including in regards to the topic of electing a new mayor. Representatives of the bloc had promised support for a mayoral candidate from the opposition on multiple occasions, but no one has been picked so far.

Read also: Burovs admits having no stable team in Riga City Council

Meanwhile, National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» faction leader Dainis Locis says the opposition has not discussed the idea of picking a joint mayoral candidate and remains in favour of the plan to hold snap elections.

According to him, the opposition is waiting for the meeting during which deputies will vote in favour or against Burovs’ remainder as mayor of Riga to see how much support he has. The opposition will decide on future steps depending on the outcome of the vote.

According to unofficial information from LETA, the opposition has gathered enough signatures in order to, if need be, initiate dismissal of vice-chairman of Riga City Council Anna Vladova, as well as vote to have Burovs dismissed as member of Riga Freeport board. No requests for organization of meetings for this have been submitted as of yet.

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