Jūrmala mayor shows political resilience

On October 8 the city council of the Jūrmala resort town held an extraordinary meeting in which mayor Gatis Truksnis (Greens and Farmers Union) kept his seat after a no-confidence vote as coalition councilors voted to keep him on his post following media reports that Truksnis has been fined for storing drugs. 

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 over illegal party financing that the anti-graft office, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) carried out on his property. 

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. 

"We as National Alliance have never considered a coalition between Harmony and the Greens and Farmers Union in Jūrmala to be acceptable. The question about Gatis Truksnis today is not about him being mayor but rather his co-workers that accept this fact and are ready to work under a person like this," said National Alliance councilor Andris Čuda. 

Meanwhile Truksnis said that he had learned about the fine on television and that he doesn't know anything about it. He also said that he has no drug dependencies and doesn't plan to quit the Greens and Farmers Union.

The call to dismiss Truksnis was voted down by the councilors from the Greens and Farmers Union as well as Harmony. Truksnis himself did not participate in the meeting.

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