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Take #2: opposition collects signatures to repeat Ušakovs’ dismissal vote

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOpposition parties in Riga City Council have collected the necessary number of votes to once again request the organization of an extraordinary meeting to hold a vote on dismissal of Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs, as confirmed by National Alliance’s faction representative Edvards Ratnieks.

In accordance with the Local Governments Law, the chairman has two weeks to organize such a meeting. If a regular meeting is planned in the same period of time, the matter regarding the dismissal should be added to its agenda.

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.

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.

There was an attempt to dismiss the chairman of Riga City Council in December 2018. However, with votes from Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga, Ušakovs managed to keep his post.

NA notes that «the administration of Riga City Council demonstrates legal nihilism with its activities, which includes not only the decision not to assess the personal responsibility of the people mentioned in State Audit’s 2014 report on violations in Rīgas satiksme but also with the vote in support of Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs after the scandalous search».

One 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 mentions the bureau «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.

The institution explains that active investigation continues. More detailed information about the criminal process will be provided once it is clear disclosure of information will have no impact on the investigation.

After the search, Ušakovs told journalists that had committed no illegalities, adding that he has no plans to step down. «I swear my conscience is clear,» he said, adding that no security measures have been applied to him.


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