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Riga City Council elects a second vice-mayor

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 29 March, Riga City Council deputies elected Harmony member Vadims Baraņņiks and the second vice-mayor. 47 members of the city council took part in the vote: 32 of them voted in favour of Baraņņiks, 15 voted against and one voting ballot was useless.

Baraņņiks was the only proposed candidate for this post. He was proposed by Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs.

Now Riga has two vice-mayors – Vadims Baraņņiks and Oļegs Burovs.

During the interview Baraņņiks said he has been working in the city council since 2009. For a long time he was in charge of the Transport Committee. He said he has accomplished a lot in this span of time. Nevertheless, he has also received many criticisms from the opposition and residents. ‘I cannot say I have accomplished something excellent. All these years we have worked as a unified coalition,’ he said.

Before his approval, Baraņņiks promised to keep his office small – with four to five people.

He was also asked if the opinion that a second vice-mayoral post was created to ensure continuity could also mean the city council would elect Baraņņiks mayor of Riga if Ušakovs is elected in the European Parliament. Baraņņiks responded by saying that such a vote could take place for any member of the coalition.

He also said he has no plans to lead any committee in the city council. Until January he was in charge of Riga City Council’s Transport Affairs Committee. Harmony then decided to add changes and put Vadims Faļkovs in his place.

Baraņņiks’ interview took nearly three hours. Questions were asked by members of the opposition. Mostly members of the opposition wanted to know about his plans for the future.

During the meeting members of the city council also voiced their dissatisfaction with answers. Because of this, members of National Alliance’s faction decided not to return to the meeting after the break.


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