Burovs elected as Rīga deputy mayor

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On December 18 the Rīga City Council elected Oļegs Burovs as the city's deputy mayor after the Honor to Serve Rīga (GKR) party decided to back his candidacy to succeed Andris Ameriks as vice mayor after Ameriks resigned amidst a massive corruption scandal involving the City Council and the Rīgas satiksme transport company. 

Burovs is a long-standing official heading the Rīga City Council Property Department, a post he has held with brief pauses since 1998.

His candidacy was backed by 31 out of 60 cabinet deputies; early on he had a contender in the New Conservative Party's Jānis Ozols, who withdrew his candidacy before the vote.

Burovs said that he will continue in his post at the property department and a committee for dealing with decrepit buildings in the city.

Opposition deputy Vilnis Ķirsis (Unity) criticized the move, saying that Andris Ameriks is still a board member at the Freeport and this means nothing will change.

"But a single line has been changed in the features of the face of Rīga's corruption. Ameriks remains at the Freeport. Nothing will change in terms of substance," he said.

In other news, Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) survived a no-confidence motion initiated by opposition deputies; 32 out of 60 cabinet deputies voted to keep him in the post. 

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