Daugavpils mayor toppled

Councilors at Daugavpils on September 2 voted for dismissing Andrejs Elksnins, the mayor of Latvia's second largest city. Later that same day Rihards Eigims (Our Party) was made the new mayor with ten votes to five. 

Six Latgale Party councilors and three Our Party members voted to oust Elksnins, while five representatives from Harmony, Elksnins' party, voted against sacking him, as did Livija Jankovska (Our Party).

Hours later, however, Jankovska was one of the ten councilors voting to make Eigims the new head of the town but was promptly dismissed from the post of vice-mayor, as was Valērijs Kononovs (Harmony), also a vice-mayor. 

The September 2 extraordinary meeting was called after a petition was 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.

There are fifteen councilors working on Daugavpils City Council. 

As LTV reporter Anete Bertule showed via her Twitter feed, a large and rowdy crowd had gathered to witness the vote.

 

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