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Riga City Council member denies issuing ultimatum and sticks to his candidacy

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Sandris Bergmanis

Riga City Council deputy Sandris Bergmanis denies having issued any ultimatum for his election as Riga’s vice-mayor.

Based on what mayoral candidate Oļegs Burovs has said, certain Harmony deputies have issued an ultimatum with his election. If the ultimatum is not met, the politician will not be supported in the mayoral post.

According to unofficial information from LETA, one of the people behind the ultimatum is Bergmanis, who is aiming for the vice-mayor’s post.

However, Bergmanis claims that he has not issued any demands, because the faction had decided to pick him as their candidate as far back as May 2019.

«The aforementioned decision remains binding. I have not issued any personal ultimatums, because I am a team man and I work in like with decisions made by the faction,» said the deputy, urging colleagues to refrain from voicing baseless accusations.

When asked if Bergmanis has any plans to reject the nomination, considering the controversy caused by it, he said he will not, unless the faction decides otherwise.

Harmony faction leader Anna Vladova said Burovs still has stable support from the party.

When asked about Bergmanis’ possible desire to take post as vice-mayor, he said: ‘There are so many ongoing conversations that it is hard to comment on anything’. On Friday, 9 August, a faction meeting will take place to discuss future actions.

«Of course, Bergmanis is one of the possible candidates for the vice-mayor’s post, but we intend to discuss this during the faction meeting. My position is that this circus – having Riga function without a mayor – needs to ends,» said Vladova.

When asked is Harmony is prepared to work in the same coalition with Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) if a cooperation agreement is reached between HSR and the Independent Deputies Faction, the politician said that any party is free to sign cooperation agreements with other parties.

Meanwhile, leader of the Independent Deputies Faction Valērijs Petrovs has confirmed that his faction will not support Bergmanis as a candidate. This specific topic was ultimately the reason why the four deputies were excluded from Harmony at the end of May.

Burovs had told the media at the beginning of last week that a compromise is possible between Harmony and Independent Deputies Faction, which means he could secure enough support to become mayor.

«While initially it seemed that both sides are prepared for certain compromises, now certain Harmony’s deputies have put up new ultimatums in relation to posts,» said Burovs, refusing to mention names and posts.

At the same time, Burovs said that he does not intend to give in to blackmail and no consultations will be organized with Harmony or other factions. The politician has decided to organize a meeting of the city council to see how many city council deputies support him.

«If I succeed in landing this post, consultations will be held with deputies who support me. If I fail to secure enough votes, we will prepare for snap elections,» said Burovs.

Riga has been mayor-less since mid-June. After spending less than a month as mayor, Dainis Turlais was dismissed after a no-confidence vote.


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