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Riga Mayor survives another no-confidence vote

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Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs

The embattled Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) has survived a vote of no-confidence as the opposition parties criticised him over corruption scandals involving the Riga City Council.

The vote in the Riga City Council took place on Monday, February 11, and opposition parties failed to oust the long-time head of the Latvian capital as the councilpersons of the coalition from the parties of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga voted in his support.

Mayor Ušakovs said addressing the council: «Only people, who don’t do anything, are spotless. Those, who don’t do anything, who are only good a shouting and bothering others, who work (..),» said the politician and wished members of the ruling coalition to withstand the political pressure from the opposition.

This was the third time since the last municipal election the opposition has made an effort to oust the head of the Riga City Council.

Opposition deputies decided to organize a repeated dismissal vote after the searches performed by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in Ušakovs’ office in Riga City Council and his home on Wednesday, 30 January.

Latvian Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce has asked KNAB to provide information and explanations for the searches. The ministry explains that this information will be necessary for it to evaluate the work performed by Riga City Council and consider applying monitoring instruments.

Once KNAB has provided the requested information, Pūce will decide on future measures.

Initially, KNAB confirmed performing certain investigative activities. However, no detailed comments were provided. KNAB later reported that the search was performed as part of a previously launched criminal process. The announcement from KNAB’s website reads that the bureau was «performing investigative measures, including sanctioned searches at several addresses». «Currently there are no suspects and no one has been applied with security measures so far,» notes KNAB.


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  1. Zerry says:

    That was more like theater. Majority of puppets in force, so can you seriously expect some other result? Unfortunately that also tells much about society. And makes a HUGE question mark too – what Mr.Ushakovs is getting paid for if he is (on paper) leading the circus but doesn’t know anything and is not responsible?

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