国际英语新闻:DissolutionofRigaCityCounciltobedelayedasLatvianpresidentsuspendsbills

RIGA,Dec.23(Xinhua)--ThedissolutionofRigaCityCouncil,whichhasbeenproposedbytheLatvianRegionalDevelopmentMinistry,islikelytobedelayedbyseveralmonthsasPresidentEgilsLevitshassuspendedthedraftlegislationenablingtheprocess,thepresident'sofficesaidonMonday.

Thepresidentdecidedtosuspendamendmentstothelawonlocalgovernmentsandthelawonmunicipalelectionsafteragroupof41lawmakerssubmittedonMondayapetitionagainstthepromulgationofabillallowingtheelectionofacitycouncilforatermofmorethanfiveyearsafterthepreviouscouncil'sdissolution.

Earlier,thedraftlegislationwascriticizedbyparliament'slawexperts,oppositionpartiesandalsoseveralmembersoftherulingKPVLVpartyasunconstitutionalanddesignedspecificallyforsackingthecurrentgovernmentofRiga.

AccordingtotheLatvianconstitution,thepresidenthastopostponethepromulgationofabillfortwomonthsifthedelayisrequestedbymorethanathirdoftheparliament.Ifduringthetwo-monthperiodapetitionagainstthebillissignedbyatleast10percentoftheeligiblevoters,areferendumhastobeheld.

ThebillonthedissolutionofcurrentRigaCityCouncilhasbeenapprovedbyLatvia'scenter-rightgovernmentandreachedtheparliament,butitsadoptionisunlikelytobecompletedbeforethesuspendedamendmentstothelawonlocalgovernmentsandthelawonmunicipalelectionsaresignedintolaw.

RegionalDevelopmentMinisterJurisPuceinitiatedthedissolutionofthecitycouncilonthegroundsthatthelocalauthorityhasbeenunabletoproperlyorganizewastemanagementinthecity.TheministercalledforthemeasureafterseveralunsuccessfultenderswereheldinRigatofindaproviderofwastemanagementservices.

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