Usakovs keeps post of Riga mayor

The Baltic Times - - MUSEUMS - LETA/TBT Staff

Har­mony party leader Nils Usakovs has been elected as the Riga mayor for the third term. The ma­jor­ity of the Riga City Coun­cil law­mak­ers on Thurs­day, June 22, sup­ported Usakovs as the Riga mayor - 32 law­mak­ers voted for Usakovs, while 26 law­mak­ers sup­ported the other can­di­date Martins Bon­dars (Lat­vian Al­liance of Re­gions).

Usakovs noted that this has been the long­est pro­ce­dure to elect the Riga mayor in the his­tory of the Riga City Coun­cil.

The new Riga City Coun­cil started its first meet­ing at 9 A.M. on Thurs­day, and it took more than nine hours to elect the mayor. About five hours were spent on a de­bate with both can­di­dates, and later law­mak­ers took the floor to in­form why the can­di­date they sup­port is the best one.

As re­ported, the bloc of Har­mony and Honor to Serve Riga has of­fi­cially re­tained its ma­jor­ity in the Riga City Coun­cil af­ter the lo­cal elec­tions in June, with 50.85 per cent of votes and it has 32 seats out of 60 in the Riga City Coun­cil. Usakovs first be­came the Riga mayor af­ter the lo­cal elec­tions in 2009, and then re­tained the post four years later.

The four op­po­si­tion par­ties – the New Con­ser­va­tive party, the bloc of the Lat­vian Al­liance of Re­gions and For Latvia’s De­vel­op­ment, the Na­tional Al­liance, and Unity – have re­solved to co­op­er­ate to form a strong op­po­si­tion and will try to in­tro­duce a new ap­proach at the Riga City Coun­cil.

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