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Jekabpils Council divides a pie, not duties; will the management change?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDisputes have commenced amidst the ranks of members of Jekabpils City Council – coalition member Kristīne Ozola from the National Alliance says behaviour of the city council’s management made her change her mind in regards to supporting the ruling coalition.

«There have been matters approved unanimously during meetings and maters in which I’ve had different opinions. I did not sign the coalition agreement, but I did support appointing Ragainis in the post of chairman of the city council. I am somewhat disappointed in the management style. I cannot say I fully support him now.»

«The situation is complicated, but things have settled. Change of power has failed,» said Jekabpils City Council chairman Raivis Ragainis.

Deputy Ozola says she dislikes the atmosphere in the city council, as well as the attitude towards members of the city council who have different opinions. «The city council still has not discussed the matter I had initiated in September 2017, which provides for relocating the monument – Cannon – to the Brothers Cemetery and financing re-burials if remains of WWII soldiers are found there. Many of my previously initiated matters have gone through either through very hard work or with help of ultimatums,» explained Ozola.

Ozola also dislikes the position the municipality took in the dispute between LTV programme Aizliegtais paņēmiens and businessman Ošulakns. According to Ozola, the administration of the municipality should have taken a neutral position.

«It seems that the previous management of the municipality cannot come to terms with the established situation and continues trying to overthrow the government. They managed to lure in members of the National Alliance with promises of power. The situation was close to a change of power. Fortunately, the situation is under control, and I hope no change of power succeeds in the foreseeable future,» said Ragainis.

The coalition in Jekabpils City Council consists of six deputies. There is also the opposition.

«We are going our own way, doing our jobs. The previous management likely dislikes the fact that the old order has been changed. Maybe they are simply unable to accept that things are better now that they are no longer in power,» said Ragainis.

Ex-mayor of Jekabpils Leonīds Salcevičš admits that there are reasons for the situation with the balance of power in the municipal administration is beginning to smooth out.

«While previously the six-deputy coalition was supported by two deputies who were not in any camp, now it seems people there have failed to divide something. Because of that, it seems, the member of the National Alliance has decided to not support the coalition. This may serve as stimulus for the coalition to try and change something in their management style,» said Salcevičs.

The former head of Jekabpils City Council refrained from predicting the possible division of power. He did say that it would be best for the city if all deputies sat down to divide duties, not the pie, and start working for the benefit of the city.


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