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Diena - Latvia | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TV debates in Latvia a bore

Ahead of the local elections in Latvia on June 1, the TV debates began on Monday, taking the place of the TV election commercials that are banned in the month leading up to the vote. The daily Diena criticises the lacklustre discussions, which it says neglected the relevant issues: "When they were asked about their election pledges the candidates answered without any sign of emotion in their faces. They only became active when the discussion turned to the 'really important issue' of whether or not the gay parade should be allowed in the centre of Riga. ... The candidates seemed non-committal and absent when the subject of the economy, the facts and figures arose. However their faces became surprisingly animated when questions were asked about the Capital of Culture 2014 [Latvia's Riga along with Umeå in Sweden]."

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