Har­mony comes to power in Latvia's sec­ond largest city Dau­gavpils

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS NEWS - LETA/TBT Staff

The Har­mony Party took over power in Latvia’s sec­ond largest city Dau­gavpils as An­drejs Elk­snins, the leader of Har­mony Party’s list in re­cent lo­cal elec­tions in Dau­gavpils, was elected the city’s mayor on Tues­day, June 27.

In Dau­gavpils, Har­mony has formed the rul­ing coali­tion with lo­cal busi­ness­man Ri­hards Eigims’ Our Party, leav­ing former mayor Ja­nis Lac­ple­sis’ Lat­gale Party in op­po­si­tion.

All five coun­cilors rep­re­sent­ing Har­mony, as well as four coun­cilors from coali­tion part­ner Our Party voted for Elk­snins’ ap­point­ment as the new Dau­gavpils mayor. All six coun­cilors from the Lat­gale Party cast their votes for Lac­ple­sis.

Eigims was elected Dau­gavpils’ first Vice-mayor.

Ear­lier, com­ment­ing on re­ports of the part­ner­ship ne­go­ti­ated be­tween Har­mony and Our Party in Dau­gavpils, Elk­snins told LETA con­firmed the news, say­ing that both par­ties share a sim­i­lar pro­gram and the de­sire for sus­tain­able and steady team­work. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial elec­tion re­sults, Lat­gale Party won the lo­cal elec­tions in Dau­gavpils with a slight mar­gin, se­cur­ing six seats on the city coun­cil.

Har­mony won five man­dates and Eigims’ Our Party four man­dates in Dau­gavpils.

Lac­ple­sis was first elected Dau­gavpils mayor in 2009, but was re­moved from of­fice in 2011. He be­came the city’s mayor again af­ter the 2013 lo­cal elec­tions and had stayed in of­fice un­til re­cently.

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