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Riga City Council’s independent deputies may consider working with HSR

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Valērijs Petrovs (L) and Aleksejs Rosļikovs (R)

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction (IDF), which combines deputies excluded from Harmony, would be prepared to sign a cooperation agreement with Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) faction, admits IDF leader Valērijs Petrovs.

According to Petrovs, the scenario in which Harmony and HSR form a coalition is currently being discussed. Additionally, there is a possibility of HSR and IDF signing a cooperation agreement, too. If such an agreement was reached, HSR mayoral candidate Oļegs Burovs would receive at least 32 votes in his support.

Petrovs stresses, however, talks regarding possible cooperation with HSR «are in the state of discussion», because it is hard to tell how realistic it would be to make decisions if Harmony and IDF have no mutual communication.

«We have started discussing potential cooperation models with HSR, but we have no such communication with Harmony. Talks are complicated because the matter is as well – will we be able to make any decisions once a mayor has been elected,» said Petrovs, adding that «there is room to reach an agreement with HSR».

Not division of seats is being discussed at the moment, Petrovs claims, even though faction representatives had previously stressed that one of their requests is keeping Vadims Baraņņiks as vice-mayor of Riga.

The other mayoral candidate, opposition deputy Viesturs Zeps admits that although it is vacation season and talks with colleagues are progressing slowly, he has not dropped the hope for securing votes in his favour.

«We have taken a pause and it is hard for us to gather at the moment. Still, talks will restart after 12 August, when decisions will change by the hour,» said Zeps, saying that he has compiled a programme he wants his colleagues to see.

Currently Zeps’ greatest amount of support comes from the National Alliance All for Latvia/For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK faction in Riga City Council.

Since mid-June Riga remains mayor-less. After spending in this post less than a month, Dainis Turlais failed to withstand a no-confidence vote.


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