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Harmony’s ex-deputies put up conditions to support mayoral candidate in Riga

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Oļegs Burovs

If Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) political party’s mayoral candidate in Riga Olegs Burovs agrees to the conditions put up by the Independent Deputies Faction, including letting one of the faction’s deputies become vice-mayor, they may decide in favour of supporting his approval for the post of chairman of Riga City Council, said faction leader Valērijs Petrovs.

There are 60 seats in the city council. Election of a mayor requires at least 31 votes. If the Independent Deputies Faction, which consists of ex-Harmony deputies Valērijs Petrovs, Aleksejs Rosļikovs, Vitālijs Dubovs and Vadims Baraņņiks, decides to support Burovs, he will have 32 votes in his favour. This is enough to work.

Petrovs said that during the meeting with Burovs on Wednesday, 3 July, officials discussed all possible cooperation models. However, for the faction to support Burovs, the mayoral candidate needs to agree to certain conditions.

For example, the faction wants a praesidium to be formed in the city council to unite representatives of all factions. The faction also wants to discuss the candidates to be proposed for work in the praesidium.

At the same time, Petrovs said representatives of the faction are not 100% sure on support. If Burovs agrees to the compromise with them, the faction may support him.

Petrovs stressed that the faction will only support Burovs if he agrees to the compromise. «Currently it is clear Harmony is not prepared for a compromise – they want Vadims Baraņņiks to step down as vice-mayor, but we are not ready for that,» said Petrovs.

He said that Baraņņiks has ten years of experience working in the city council and his remainder in this post would be logical. Petrovs adds that he would be prepared to cooperate if the second vice-mayor’s post is taken by someone from Harmony, as long as it’s not Sandris Bergmanis.

Bergmanis has said, meanwhile, that Harmony is not prepared to keep Baraņņiks as vice-mayor. The same opinion is voiced by Harmony deputy Mihails Kameņeckis, who says compromises for cooperation with Independent Deputies Faction are theoretically possible, but it is still necessary to discuss them.

Currently Riga City Council is divided in eight factions and remains mayor-less. Burovs was picked as mayoral candidate by Honour to Serve Riga political party.

Harmony, which rules Riga City Council together with Honour to Serve Riga with 28 votes, has promised to support Burovs as mayoral candidate.

Opposition factions, on the other hand, have already announced that they will not support Burovs as mayoral candidate. The four-party opposition in Riga consists of 25 deputies.

The newly-formed faction For Riga!, which consists of Oskars Putniņš, Imants Keišs and Druvis Kleins, has refused to meet with representatives of Honour to Serve Riga. According to Putniņš, a proposal to meet was received on Wednesday, 3 July, but the faction decided to not meet because they still believe the opposition should pick its own mayoral candidate. «We will be ready to meet with this party only if the opposition does not pick its own mayoral candidate,» said Putniņš.

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