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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNeither the coalition nor the opposition in Riga City Council has yet to achieve much progress in talks on securing a stable majority of votes.

Mayor of Riga Dainis Turlais claimed in the morning of 3 June that he would spend the day meeting with opposition factions to outline his proposals for the future and get a grasp of what his colleagues want.

However, LETA found out that over the course of the day the mayor found time to meet only with Unity and its leader Vilnis Ķirsis.

The latter confirmed that during the meeting Turlais had outlined his view on the future. However, Ķirsis denied the claim that the mayor had performed some trade of posts.

«We discussed upcoming tasks and agreed that we have no plans to shake up Harmony/Honour to Serve Riga and emergency elections represent the best possible option,» said Ķirsis. At the same time, Unity’s faction provided the mayor with seven immediate tasks that have to be addressed regardless of emergency elections. These tasks include performing independent audit at all municipal capital associations, replacement of management of municipal businesses in accordance with requirements of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and others.

On Tuesday, 4 June, Turlais plans to meet with representatives of the New Conservative Party, Latvijas attīstībai party, National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK».

Riga City Council’s Public Relations Office head Uģis Vidauskis reports that mayor Dainis Turlais will report on progress once he has met with leaders of all factions in the city council.

As it is known, following Turlais’ election as Mayor of Riga, Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council has split. 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. All of them were also excluded from Harmony on Friday, 31 May.

Members of the opposition have said that they have no plans to cooperate with Harmony/Honour to Serve Riga bloc. Deputies excluded from Harmony have formed their own Independent Deputies Faction. All four say they are prepared to cooperate with all deputies elected to the city council.

There are 60 deputies in total in Riga City Council. Until recently 32 of them were representatives of the ruling coalition. Now that Harmony has excluded four of its members, the coalition has only 28 deputies. This only one deputy more than the opposition’s representation in the city council, because with Oskars Putniņš leaving Latvijas attīstībai the opposition has 27 deputies left.


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