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Andis Damlics elected Chairperson of Kekava Council

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, 23 July, Andis Damlics from Latvian Regional Alliance was elected Chairperson of Kekava Council.

There were two candidates for the aforementioned post – Andis Damlics and Valts Variks. 16 out of 17 deputies participated in the meeting. The Election Committee found 15 ballots valid and 1 invalid, as reported by Kekava municipality.

Ten deputies voted in favour of Damlics – Ivans Pihtovs, Maksims Volkovics, Roberts Jurķis, Juris Krumiņs, Arnolds Keisters, Juris Jerums, Andris Celmalnieks, Andis Damlics, Ieva Arnte and Igoris Malinauskas. Five deputies voted in favour of Variks – Vesma Ozolina, Ilgonis Leisavnieks, Aigars Vitols, Peteris Geks un Valts Variks.

Prior to the vote, Damlics noted that he promises to do everything in his power as Chairperson in order to make the opposition in the council as little as possible. Damlics asked his colleagues to give him one hundred days to familiarize himself with the council’s work and come up with a specific programme of actions.

Damlics was previously the head of Kekava Council’s Economic Affairs Committee. Prior to that, he was a member of the board of Riga Airport and Executive Director of Kekava municipality.

On Thursday, Kekava Council decided to dismiss its now former Chairperson – Variks. The decision was made with ten deputies voting in favour of the initiative. Six deputies voted against. Variks did not participate in the vote.

According to the author of the initiative, Jurkis, «the Chairperson has lost all trust of the council deputies. In order to make decisions, we need to take action.»

Variks, on the other hand, said the main reason why opposition deputies would want him out is the reveal of embezzlement by officials of Baložu komunālā saimniecība and their prosecution, which created an uncomfortable situation for opposition deputies, as reported by Kekava Council representative Vineta Berzina. Variks also expressed surprise over the fact that deputies of Harmony and the National Alliance – two absolutely opposite ideologies – joined forces to dismiss him,

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