Jūrmala mayor hit by drug scandal

Following media reports that the State Police has fined Jūrmala mayor Gatis Truksnis (Greens and Farmers Union) for possessing drugs, opposition deputies are collecting signatures with the aim of dismissing him from the post, reported Latvian Radio October 1. 

Specifically, TV3 commercial television on September 30 reported that Truksnis was fined €100 as a syringe with traces of cocaine and his DNA was found during a raid on his property by the anti-graft office, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB). 

The Greens and Farmers Union voted to reinstate Truksnis as mayor in 2016 after he was dismissed when it turned out he is being probed in a case of illegal party financing for the For Latvia from the Heart party and his own Greens and Farmers Union. 

Deputies told Latvian Radio that Truksnis had earlier shown signs of drug dependence but there was no basis for action based on just suspicion. 

The opposition parties are currently collecting votes for calling an extraordinary meeting, and it remains to be seen whether Truksnis can weather another scandal. 

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