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Ventspils City Council opposition is satisfied with Sprudzs’ turning against Lembergs

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Edmunds Sprudzs

Opposition deputies of Ventspils City Council express their support of Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry (EPRDM) leader – Edmunds Sprudzs – who has begun the removal of Aivars Lembergs from the seat of City Council Chairman.

Deputies are satisfied because, despite Lembergs’ large influence over Latvia’s politics, minister Sprudzs is determined to put an end to Lembergs’ reign at the city council and disregard for Court decisions, Ventspils City Council opposition informed BNN.

The opposition regularly informed EPRDM about Lembergs’ violations ever since 2005. However, their attempts to attract attention towards Lembergs’ and his party (For Latvia and Ventspils) officials’ “screaming” violations of laws and court decisions usually went silent and ignored within the ministry or were justified, the opposition notes.

“We do not rule out the possibility that Lembergs was an obstacle previous ministers to initiate the realization of Section 93 of the Law on Self-Governments. This would have initiated Lembergs’ removal from the post of Chairman of the City Council,” – the opposition notes.

They add that previous minister could not know that Lembergs was denied to perform the duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council since 2007 by the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office and then – the Riga Regional Court. Lembergs is a person who effectively violated this decision using his influence. Previous ministers should have noted the fact of violation of the Law on Self-Governments or the court’s decision, because the completion of the relative law and court decision is not and could not have been possible.

The opposition also praises Sprudzs’ and the coalition’s endurance and bravery in resolving this state important issue.

BNN previously reported that, On October 12, Edmunds Sprudzs sent Lembergs a letter with a request to give detailed explanations for his “management” of Ventspils within three days. After receiving Lembergs’ explanations, the minister can decide whether or not to suspend Lembergs from his duties.

Sprudzs decided to take action after receiving “shocking” information about Lembergs’ “management” in Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Free port.

Lembergs, on the other hand, believes all this is the minister’s revenge for Lembergs’ daring to criticize his work.

Sprudzs is convinced that his decision to request explanations from the Mayor of Ventspils is not a surprising matter. “I base my decisions on conclusions made by professional lawyers. Also, my actions are backed by very specific information from the Prosecutor General’s office,” – Sprudzs noted.

He adds that the probability of firing Lembergs is 100%.


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