Dissolution of Rīga City Council edges closer

A quorum was not met for the third Riga City Council meeting in a row February 6, meaning that Saeima now has a legal basis for the dismissal of the council following legal amendments it recently adopted, reported the LETA newswire.

According to the Law on Local Governments, it a local government meeting fails to meet three times in a row for one reason or another, Saeima MPs then have the opportunity to decide on the dismissal of the respective local government.

For a meeting to be quorate, at least 31 Riga City Council members have to attend it. Only 23 City Council members attended the February 6 meeting. The meeting was not attended by any opposition City Council members, as well as some members of Honor to Serve Riga, the party of Rīga mayor Oļegs Burovs.

This was no surprise as Burovs has already agreed with opposition parties to convene three council meetings with the intention that they would not be quorate, thus creating a legal basis for dissolution of the Riga City Council.

As a result, instead of simply resigning, the Saeima can do the work of dissolution and fresh elections will take place, most probably in April.

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