Ķirsis: coalition partners do not want emergency council election

During the talks of the Rīga City Council, it is felt that the Progressives want to lead them to an impasse and emergency elections, but three coalition partners do not want them, acting mayor Vilnis Ķirsis (New Unity) said in an interview with Latvian Radio on July 21.

Ķirsis said that this council has already been elected in emergency elections, and if there were another emergency elections now, the new council would only work for a year and a half.

"Against this background, the parties of Šlesers or Rosļikovs [respectively Latvia First and For Stability!] could achieve good results that are not in the interests of Rīga residents. We, the three-party group [New Unity, NA/LRA, Code for Riga], will do everything so that we do not get to the emergency elections," said Ķirsis.

When asked what is currently preventing the negotiations from reaching a specific result, Ķirsis said that the Progressives wanted to “start everything from scratch” and “go a little longer and meet everyone individually”.

“Since there is so little left [until the end of the term], we do so that we step into the same shoes, because people have started work, are the heads of committees. A year and a half will pass until new people settle in. It's loss of time. This is the most important difference – we want to get to work more quickly, but they want to talk more,” explained Ķirsis.

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