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Not right time for right leaning parties to run separately in Riga elections

Former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga. Foto: Lita Krone/LETA.
 RIGA, Nov 16 - In an interview on Latvian Radio today, former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said that if left leaning parties have been capable of coming together and uniting to achieve their goals, then this is not the best time for right leaning parties to run separately, as they risk being under the five percent threshold to be voted in and thus these votes will be lost.
She said that otherwise, the dominance of left leaning parties could increase even further. She admitted that current Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center) has been very active and visible in his post.
Vike-Freiberga believes that if right leaning parties wish to have a chance in winning the Riga City Council elections, they must come together and put forward a presentable candidate, who is popular and has charisma. A vision on Riga's development is also very important. "Maybe I have been travelling abroad too much, but I have not noticed much activity from right leaning politicians on Riga City Council issues, and I do not see a person who I could say I fully trust and will put the city in order," the former Latvian president explained.
"Where are these right leaning parties with their candidates? Where are their visions for the future of Riga? What are their priorities? We must start to hear this now," Vike-Freiberga emphasized.
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