Daugavpils council moves to sack mayor

Three Our Party councilors at Daugavpils, Latvia's second-largest city, signed a new coalition agreement with the Latgale Party, reports LETA. Furthermore, councilors have also asked to convene an extraordinary meeting on ousting incumbent city mayor Andrejs Elksnins.

The Latgale Party worked in the opposition and is represented by six lawmakers.

Daugavpils city council deputy chairwoman Livija Jankovska (Our Party) told LETA that three of the four Our Party lawmakers have signed the new coalition agreement. The previous coalition between Our party and Harmony is not in force any more.

The local council of the Daugavpils city on Thursday voted down the proposal by mayor and former MP Andrejs Elksnins to remove Rihards Eigims (Our Party) from the office of the first vice-mayor.

Five councilors voted in favor of the proposal about Eigims' dismissal and eight voted against.

There are 15 seats in the Daugavpils City Council. Six seats are held by the opposition Latgale Party, five by the Harmony party represented by Mayor Elksnins and four by Our Party.

Earlier Andrejs Elksnins told Latvian Radio he intends to continue in his post as normal. He became mayor of Daugavpils just two months ago after the June 8 municipal elections. 


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