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Lembergs fails to chair third meeting of the new Ventspils City Council; this time he «lost his voice»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough the slogan of Ventspils is ‘City with tomorrow’, little changes in the work of the local city council – the organizational process of meetings remains absurd and incomprehensible. For example, Aivars Lembergs, who is legally prohibited from performing his duties as Chairman of Ventspils City Council but has been elected as mayor regardless, could not chair the most recent meeting of the city council. The excuse he gave was that he lost his voice.

The third consecutive meeting of the city council after 3 June municipal elections was led by his 1st deputy – Janis Vitolins. Representatives of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, meanwhile, were not provided with any explanations, as Vitolins allowed everyone to speak up after the meeting. Lembergs did not remain for the post-meeting discussion.

The meeting started with the ‘new’ mayor arriving nine minutes late. Upon his arrival, journalists’ microphone was taken off his desk.

Opposition representative Girts Valdis Kristovskis asked why the meeting was not being led by the chairman of the city council, why the newly elected members of the council was not introduced, why the first meeting was cut short and what was the reason behind organizing an extraordinary meeting during which deputies had no mandate. No clear answers were given to those questions. According to Vitolins, the first and extraordinary meeting were carried out in accordance with the law and everything is detailed in minutes of those meetings, which is something his colleagues to not have.

When asked why Vitolins and not Lembergs sat in charge of the meeting, Lembergs said: «I’m not feeling well, I’ve lost my voice.»

Lembergs did not answer questions asked by the opposition. All he said was «this is a meeting of the city council, not a conference. Let’s move on.»

Deputy Aivis Landmanis said once again at the meeting that the ministry’s representatives should be given their say, but Vitolins did not allow that, saying that representatives from Riga would be given an opportunity to speak after the meeting. Lembergs did not stay after the meeting – only opposition representatives remained.

Even after the meeting there were few clear answers. Landmanis proposed checking the minutes and asked VARAM to follow. «We are getting the impression that we’re communicating in different languages and important matters are not being addressed,» said Landmanis.

VARAM representatives – Aivars Miculs and Kaspars Cirsis – disagree on the definition of the term ‘absence’. According to them, the term absence should be considered any obstacle that prevents one to perform duties as chairman of the city council. «Then what is the obstacle for Lembergs? If a person is gone, they are gone,» Landmanis comments on the situation when the chairman is present but unable to host a single meeting.

The discussion was cut short because a new meeting began. The opposition remains dissatisfied, whereas the situation seems perfectly normal for VARAM representatives.

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  1. zerry says:

    Lemberg’s playground with yes-yes puppets around. Simple!

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