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Jēkabpils Mayor steps down amid allegation of illegal procurements

Aivars Kraps has decided to resign as mayor of Jēkabpils and has also asked to suspend his participation in the “For Latvia's Development” party, according to his statement on January 28. 

Such a step has been taken following suspicions expressed by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) regarding alleged illegalities in procurement.  In relation to this case, a ban on the duties of the City Council Chair was  imposed on Kraps.

“Failing to fully carry out my duties at the moment, I have decided to resign from the Chairman of the Jekabpils City Council,” Kraps wrote in a statement. "I have not taken any illegal action and I am fully prepared to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to prove that these charges are unfounded."  

Kraps said he was ready to continue “to respond publicly and to explain the unnecessity of the charges raised”.

Kraps said that he had decided to request the suspension of his activities in the “For Latvia's Development” party, “so that my fellow Members would not be trapped in this scandal until I have proved the truth”.

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