Chair of Latgale Party confirms collapse of ruling coalition in Daugavpils

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With Latgale Party ending its partnership with Daugavpils Mayor Rihards Eigims’ Our Party, the ruling coalition of Latvia’s second largest city Daugavpils has collapsed, Latgale Party chairman Jānis Lāčplēsis said at a news conference on October 22.

There are currently three political parties represented in the Daugavpils City Council, which includes two members of Our Party, six members of Latgale Party and five members of Harmony party, which until now has been sitting in opposition.

Lacplesis said that Latgale Party was withdrawing from the coalition with Our Party because of disagreements over the situation in the municipal heating utility Daugavpils Siltumtikli.

“Furthermore, all projects that have been implemented during the past year and a half are Latgale Party’s initiatives launched during the term of the previous city council. We had been saving procurement costs, but now the city council is spending huge amounts of money,” Lāčplēsis said, adding that snap local elections would not be a good solution as the ongoing projects must not be left unattended by the local government.

Aivars Broks, whom Latgale Party has delegated to participate in negotiations on the next coalition, said at the news conference that the next Daugavpils mayor should come from Latgale Party and have three deputies representing each of three parties in the city council.

Lāčplēsis believes that several votes in the city council have shown that Our Party and Harmony have effectively created a new coalition, even though Daugavpils ex-mayor Andrejs Elksniņš (Harmony) has said he would want to work neither with Latgale Party or Our Party.

Eigims could not be contacted for comments.

Meanwhile, Elksnins told LETA that snap elections would be the only solution that could enable a constructive work of the city council.

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