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Tuesday 16.10.2018 | Name days: Daiga, Dinija

Riga Mayor elected in Freeport of Riga Board

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Nils Usakovs

Riga City Council on Tuesday, November 23, has elected Riga City Council Chairman Nils Usakovs (Ušakovs) in the Freeport of Riga Board.

Along with the former Riga Vice Mayor Ainārs Slesers (Šlesers) (party LFP/LW) election in the 10th Saeima, one post has opened at the Freeport’s Board. Previously, Slesers was the Chairman at the Freeport of Riga Board, and currently this post is taken by Riga Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks (party LFP/LW), reports LETA.

The Council also decided to introduce adjustments to Riga City Council decision on the appointment of Freeport of Riga Board regarding Ameriks’ election to Riga Vice Mayor post and the Board Member Vadims Jerošenko (HC) election in the Riga City Council.

Ameriks has previously explained that, historically, the Chairman of Riga City Council also occupies a post at the Freeport of Riga Board – this has also happened at the time when the previous Riga Mayors Aivars Aksenoks (TB/LNNK) and Jānis Birks (TB/LNNK) headed the Council.

«Riga City Council’s Chairman should also be represented at the Freeport of Riga Board to keep up with the ongoing processes and assess the decisions related to the Port,» said Ameriks.

Consequently, together with these alterations the division of represented political forces at Riga City Council Board has changed – before the party association HC and the party LFP/LW each had two posts; however, now HC has attained three posts but LFP/LW will have only one post at Riga City Council’s Board – the board chairman post.

When asked why it is planned to change political force division at the Freeport’s Board, Ameriks previously replied that currently this is not so important, given that both parties’ fractions have set up a single block – HC-LFP/LW – at Riga City Council, and the changes at Freeport’s Board were planned based on the efficiency principle – so that Riga Mayor would be involved in the ongoing processes at the Freeport.

«The political power proportion changes once again confirm that the block HC-LFP/LW work jointly and harmoniously,» pointed out Riga City Council Deputy Chairman. He was the one who convinced Usakovs to take part in the Freeport of Riga Board, and there are no political intrigues in the proposed changes, asserted Ameriks.

BNN already reported that Andris Ameriks was elected as the Chairman of Freeport of Riga on October 7. While Ainars Slesers left the post.

Such decision is linked to prevention of possible interest conflicts, as Slesers, according to the 10th Saeima preliminary results, had obtained a mandate in the Parliament.


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  1. Mozi says:

    Even less time for him to fulfill his duties as a city Mayor..

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