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Unity leader says party will do everything to ensure emergency elections in Riga

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Vilnis Ķirsis

Everything is done to ensure emergency elections are organized in Riga, said opposition party Unity faction leader Vilnis Ķirsis in a telephone conversation with public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

The politician is confident the only way to replace the ruling power in Riga is organizing emergency elections. «We will do everything in our power to replace the ruling power in Riga. We will do everything we can to organize emergency elections in Riga,» he said.

Latvia’s Saeima has the right to organize Riga City Council’s dissolution if a new mayor is not picked within the next two months. On top of that, the parliament may decide on this if the city council is unable to secure quorum three meetings in a row.

As previously reported, Honour to Serve Riga political party has decided to pick the acting chairman of Riga City Council Olegs Burovs as its mayoral candidate.

The party hopes to secure more than 31 signatures from Riga City Council deputies in favour of Burovs. The party also hopes to consult with all factions represented in the city council.

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction has said it wants to listen to opinions from all possible mayoral candidates.

Opposition parties do not plan to support Burovs as a mayoral candidate, according to interviewed politicians.

When asked about supporting Burovs, deputy head of National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» faction Dainis Locis said the party had explained its position last week when voting in favour of dismissing Dainis Turlais. «Of course, we will discuss Burovs in the faction, but I see no reason for us to suddenly support him, considering we didn’t support Turlais. Burovs’ candidacy is no surprise, he is an experienced professional. I am surprised he wasn’t proposed instead of Turlais,» said Locis.

New Conservative Party has said it sees no way of supporting candidates from Harmony or Honour to Serve Riga.

For Latvia’s Development faction leader Viesturs Zeps admits that like before mayoral candidates should be proposed by the opposition.

No talks with opposition have taken place so far. However, deputies could gather in the afternoon on Friday.

For Latvia’s Development is not prepared to support Burovs.

Newly-formed faction For Riga! leader Oskars Putniņš once again said that HSR had an opportunity to rule Riga, adding that it is time for someone else to step in. «If the opposition fails to reach an agreement on anything, we will consider supporting other candidates. Favour will be given to right-focused party candidates,» claims Putniņš.


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