RIGA, Feb 13 (LETA) - It looks like the next Riga City Council will be elected to a term which will be over five year, New Unity leader Arvils Aseradens told LETA.
''It looks like the situation is developing in such way at the moment, that the current Riga City Council will indeed be dismissed, and the emergency Riga elections will be called for April 25. The next city council is also expected to be elected for a term of over five years - or until the 2025 local government elections,'' he said.
However, he added that the final decision is up to President Egils Levits on whether or not he will promulgate the bills to dismiss the Riga City Council.
Today is the last day people can sign in support of a referendum on disputed amendments to municipal election rules, which deal with extraordinary local elections and have been put on hold at Saeima opposition's request.
For a referendum to be staged, no less than one-tenth of the total number of voters eligible to vote in last Saeima elections have to submit their signatures in thirty days or until February 14 - which is 154,868 voters.
As of January 21, less than one percent of the number of signatures needed to trigger the referendum had been collected.