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Jurmala City Council to request Mayor Gatis Truksnis’ dismissal

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of Tev, Jūrmalai political party’s faction in Jurmala City Council plan to request the dismissal of Mayor Gatis Truksnis, as reported by municipal deputy Guntis Grūba.

He explains that the main reason is the criminal charges raised by the Prosecutor General’s Office against Truksnis in the criminal case regarding the possibly illegal financing of political parties, including Union of Greens and Farmers. Deputies hoped the board of UGF would decide on Truksnis’ situation. Unfortunately, the party has decided to leave his fate in the hands of Jurmala City Council faction of UGF.

«Based on publicly available information, members of the board of UGF have decided to leave this matter to Jurmala’s faction. This means UGF has demonstrated its inconsequential behaviour and failure to go through with its promise – to have Truksnis step down,» said Grūba.

Because UGF has failed to agree on Truksnis’ dismissal, the opposition has decided to «help them out». Grūba said he believed UGF members want Truksnis to stay in his post to secure their interests. ‘The meeting of UGF deputies was also attended by Jurmala City Council deputy Jānis Lediņš (UGF faction). He stressed multiple times that Truksnis is the best mayor Jurmala has ever had. Hearing that, however, makes us wonder if there are any hidden interests behind this. Lediņš lobbied waste management in Jurmala, which caused costs to increase. I believe this went through because Truksnis had a hand in this scheme,’ said the deputy.

He did not hide that UGF might decide to not support he opposition and instead vote against Truksnis’ dismissal. «Nevertheless, this matter needs to be discussed, at least to show to society what happens in Latvia and Jurmala. If we do nothing – nothing will change. UGF believe everything is fine,» said the city council deputy.

Grūba also stressed that UGF has only formally promised to resolve this matter, and Truksnis’ expulsion from the party is only an excuse. «UGF chairman Armands Krauze previously said Truksnis should step down on his own. Now his says Truksnis has stopped working in the party, but that’s not the same as leaving the party. This means he can return at any moment, which also means nothing has changed,» said the deputy.

Members of Tev, Jūrmalai party have yet to discuss the topic regarding Truksnis’ dismissal with member of the National Alliance. However, Grūba does hope deputies will arrange the meeting in the next couple of days.


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