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Viesturs Zeps’ has yet to convince NCP and Unity to support him as mayoral candidate

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Riga City Council deputy Viesturs Zeps

Mayoral candidate in Riga Viesturs Zeps still has not convinced New Conservative Party (NCP) and Unity to support him, according to what he said in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama on Thursday, 15 August.

He said talks are underway with the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» about values and tasks, but the two other opposition parties are less eager to negotiate and would rather have snap elections.

«This makes talks complicated – they don’t promise any support. An interesting position,» said Zeps.

He said he will work intensely on gathering votes in the four days left until mayoral elections. «I hope there will be an intense fight on 19 August,» said the politician.

At the same time, he said For Latvia’s Development party also has enough power to start in snap elections if it comes to that.

As it is known, the Independent Deputies Faction and «For Riga!» bloc have agreed on mutual cooperation in resolving economic matters. Still, neither party has voiced support for any of the proposed mayoral candidates. The two factions have only said they would work in the same team with a mayor who has support from at least 24 Riga City Council deputies.

All seven city council deputies plan to support the mayor who is prepared to work to implement established goals, such as increase child birth benefits, reduce queues in kindergartens and others.

The Independent Deputies Faction consists of four deputies excluded from Harmony, whereas «For Riga!» bloc consists from Oskars Putniņš and New Conservative Party’s excluded deputies Imants Keišs and Druvis Kleins.

Zeps had previously said he considers meeting with both independent factions, adding that with votes from the opposition he could reach an agreement with the seven independent deputies.

Two out of four opposition parties – New Conservative Party and Unity – have stressed they would rather wait for snap elections. Only the head of National Alliance’s faction Dainis Locis said in regards to support of Zeps that he wants to see his offer before deciding.

If Zeps succeeds securing support from opposition parties, he will have at least 25 votes.

On 16 August, Independent Deputies Faction, Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga, which have picked Oļegs Burovs as their mayoral candidate, will meet.

HSR chairman Andris Ameriks admits his party wants to avoid snap elections and is prepared to sign a coalition contract with Harmony and a cooperation agreement with the Independent Deputies Faction.


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