Urbanovičs confirms Ušakovs ready to run for Rīga City Council

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and longtime Rīga City Mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) is prepared to run in the capital's extraordinary elections, should they occur, Harmony Board Chair Jānis Urbanovičs confirmed to LETA news agency.

When asked what the party thinks of this move, Urbanovičš said he won't speak publicly about internal party matters. “We'll manage,” he said.

On the matter of whether it's possible that Harmony would run in the elections together with Honor to Serve Riga as they did previously, Urbanovičs said that there is no such plan and “I don't think it will happen”.

LETA was unable to contact Ušakovs himself.

As previously reported, Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) Minister Juris Pūce (Development/For!) called for the dissolution of the Rīga City Council in a press conference on December 6, however the final decision is in the hands of Saiema members.

Pūca said he isn't happy about the decision, but that it was a last resort after other methods failed. A temporary administration is planned to operate for two and a half months, and local elections would be held on February 29.

Earlier this year in a dramatic move April 5, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce announced the suspension of longtime Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs.

The decision was made regarding non-fulfillment of statutory obligations and violations of regulatory enactments, according to a statement in the official gazette "Latvijas Vēstnesis". The lengthy document lists various accountancy and investment errors in support of its case, holding Ušakovs responsible for signing off on a series of dubious decisions.

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