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Ushakovs happy that Unity has found its Riga mayor candidate

Nil Ushakov. Photo: Edijs Palens/LETA.
 RIGA, Nov 27 - Riga Mayor Nil Ushakovs (Harmony Center) is happy that Unity has found its Riga mayor candidates, and believes that the pre-election campaign will be ''merry and interesting''.
''I am honored that Unity has selected such a candidate. I am impatient to hear Elerte's vision on Riga's future,'' Ushakovs told LETA.
As reported, during the upcoming local government elections, Sarmite Elerte will be Unity's candidate for Riga mayor, as the party's board agreed during a meeting last night.
The party's leader Solvita Aboltina told reporters that Unity's board had unanimously supported Elerte's candidacy. The party's team and leader for the elections in Riga will be very important in eliminating the current problems in the city, added Aboltina.
Unity will present the main ideas of its election program for Riga during the party's Riga conference on December 12.
Elerte was editor in chief at newspaper "Diena" from 1992 to 2008. In 2010 she was elected to the 10th Saeima from Unity's ticket and became the culture minister. Elerte also ran in the 11th Saeima elections, but was not elected to the parliament. At the moment, Elerte is Dombrovskis' advisor on national identity, civic society and integration affairs.
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