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Talsi County Council switches chairmen – Dainis Karols replaces Edgars Zelders

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 28 June, Talsi County Council elected a new chairman at an extraordinary meeting. First deputy for administrative, finance and education affairs Dainis Karols was picked, as confirmed by the council’s public relations and marketing office head Anna Ķīviča.

Karols was elected in his post thanks to twelve deputies voting in his favour and three deputies voting against. Members of Latvia’s Farmers Union, Latvia’s Green Party, Unity, Latvian Association of Regions, For Talsi County Development and New Conservative Party voted in Karols’ favour. Those twelve deputies had previously supported dismissing the previous mayor of Talsi – Edgars Zelders.

Deputies Gundars Sebris, Lauris Pīlēģis and Ilva Norenberga voted against Karols.

Aside from approving a new chairman, deputies also voted in favour of changing rules for internal procedures, stating that from now on the chairman will have two vice-chairmen instead of three.

On 27 June, Karols announced that the coalition formed in the county council the year prior no longer exists. On Thursday, 28 June, Zelderis lost the no-confidence vote. Twelve deputies voted in favour of Zelderis’ dismissal and five voted against.

Zelderis’ party mentioned in its statement that it was not dissatisfaction with his management style that cost him his post, as deputies who demanded his dismissal claimed, but rather ‘his fight against corruption and money embezzlement in Talsi municipality’.

A couple of weeks ago, eight deputies invited Zelderis to step down on his own, claiming that his actions had resulted in the municipality’s inability to realize its commitments and create the risk of litigation, possible losses and threaten completion of certain projects. Zelderis’ authoritarian management style had made it hard for Talsi county executive power to perform its duties, said deputies that requested Zelderis dismissal.


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