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Riga’s mayor opposes environment minister – plans to appeal dismissal order in court

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNils Ušakovs, who was dismissed today, 5 April, 2019, from his post as Mayor of Riga by Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce, is prepared to appeal this ‘absolutely illegal decision’ in court, as he said on his Facebook profile.

Ušakovs said in his statement that the minister has made «an absolutely illegal decision by dismissing him». «His list of violations is nothing more than an attempt to look for small breaches of procedure. This includes the complaint about the letter containing answers was sent via regular mail, not e-mail. All of this will be appealed in court. Voters elected me as mayor and only they can dismiss me, not Pūce & Co.!» said the politician on his Facebook page.

«Now I will have to walk down his path of humiliation and pressure, but you can be sure of my character. I will overcome these challenges and stay with my voters in any situation,» he continues.

He also says «during 2017 Riga City Council elections the now minister Pūce received around 5,000 votes». «I received 105,000. Over the past ten years they have not managed to upstage me in a fair, open and democratic fight.»

Meanwhile Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Pūce stresses: «This is not a political dispute – it is a decision on good management». The minister also notes that «this order from the ministry does not put an end to the ministry’s supervision over Riga City Council».

«Everything that has been uncovered and reported so far to suggest violations may have been systematic,» adds Pūce.

Currently the duties of the Mayor of Riga are performed by Vice-Mayor Oļegs Burovs.

As it is known, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce decided to dismiss the mayor of Riga on Friday, 5 April.

Ušakovs is accused of not fulfilling his duties as shareholder in public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme, violation of regulations, as well as non-compliance with his duties as chairman of Riga City Council and violation of multiple regulations while in this post.

While his work was being evaluated, Ušakovs told journalists that Pūce’s request for explanations from him was weak and heavily politicized.

Pūce said Ušakovs’ public statements did not surprise him.

Riga’s mayor also promised to appeal Pūce’s decision in court.

At the end of March Ušakovs allowed that Riga’s Vice-Mayor Oļegs Burovs could be picked as his replacement.

It is also known that Ušakovs intends to become Harmony’s candidate for European Parliament elections.


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