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If Saeima dissolves Riga City Council, Ušakovs promises to turn to Constitutional Court

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf Latvia’s parliament decides to dissolve the Riga City Council, Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs will appeal this decision in the Constitutional Court, the politician told journalists.

Ušakovs criticized the legislative proposal submitted by the National Alliance’s led Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry to dissolve the capital’s city council.

Riga Mayor said the legislative draft mentions that in the event of the city council’s dissolution the temporary municipal administration would be led by EPRDM state secretary’s deputy for municipal affairs Aivars Draudiņš. The mayor stressed that Draudiņš’s name was mentioned multiple times in the past in relation to corruption scandals. «I don’t think putting someone like him in charge would be the right thing to do. I invite the minister [Gerhards] to fall back to what he said during National Alliance’s congress – that there is no legal reason for the city council’s dissolution,» said the mayor.

While Ušakovs was talking to journalists, 10-15 opposition deputies with supporters were protesting in the background. They held in their hands posters saying ‘Riga is no cow for milking!’; ‘Nil, stop lying!’; ‘Step down!’, etc.

As it is known, Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards has submitted a legislative draft to the government to initiate the dissolution of Riga City Council.

The goal of the legislative draft is preventing the situation when Riga City Council allows illegalities and does not provide functions detailed in laws. Following the dissolution of Riga City Council, a temporary administration would be approved.

EPRDM deputy state secretary for municipal affairs Draudiņš would be appointed as the temporary head of the administration. Other members would include EPRDM municipal department’s director Aivars Mičuls, EPRDM advisor Dainis Rijkuris, as well as representatives from Finance Ministry, Justice Ministry and Transport Ministry.

The temporary administration’s main task is ensuring the uninterrupted function of municipal institutions, as well as financial and economic operations.

If Riga City Council’s current administration were to be dissolved now, election of a new one would take place 25 May 2019.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Riga calls this legislative draft «a political show with no legal justification».


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