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Daugavpils Mayor Elksnins ousted, Eigims elected

BC, Riga, 04.09.2017.Print version
Daugavpils City Council members yesterday supported dismissing the city's mayor Andrejs Elksnins (Harmony), informs LETA. Rihards Eigims was later elected the new chairman of Daugavpils City Council.

Eigims was one of those who proposed dismissing the previous Daugavpils mayor, Andrejs Elksnins (Harmony). Eigims also was the mayor of Daugavpils, the second largest city in Latvia, several years ago.


Although Eigims earlier said he was planning to create as broad a coalition as possible, which could also be joined by Harmony members, ten Daugavpils City Council members voted for Eigims today, while all five Harmony members voted against him.


Eigims' new coalition is made up of six Latgale Party members and four councilmen who were elected to Daugavpils City Council from Our Party's ticket. However, none of these four is a member of the party and, for instance, Eigims is a member of Latvian Farmers' Union.


Regardless of Elksnins and Harmony's hopes, all six Latgale Party councilors and three Our Party members voted for Elksnins' ouster. On the other hand, all five Harmony representatives on Daugavpils City Council voted against sacking Elksnins, as did Livija Jankovska (Our Party).


The municipality's extraordinary meeting was held following a petition submitted by nine representatives of the Daugavpils City Council's new coalition.


Three Our Party representatives on Daugavpils City Council have signed a new coalition agreement with Latgale Party, which has six seats on the city council and until now worked in opposition.


In total, there are fifteen councilors working on Daugavpils City Council.

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