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Ogre administration to be headed by Egils Helmanis – official accused of extortion

Egils Helmanis/nacionalaapvieniba.lv.
Deputies of Ogre decided to approve Vice-Mayor Egils Helmanis from the National Alliance to replace Arturs Mangulis from Latvian Green Party as Mayor of Ogre. It is worth mentioning that Helmanis is accused of extortion.

13 out of 15 deputies voted in Helmanis’ favour. He abstained from the vote. Janis Latiss from Ogre Parish list was the only one who did not support Helmanis.

Helmanis had told LETA in the past that accusations of extortion would not stop him from working as the head of Ogre.

According to data from the Central Election Commission, the joint list of the National Alliance and Latvian Farmers Union won eight seats in Ogre. Arturs Mangulis’ Latvian Green Party won three seats.

KPV LV, Latvian Association of Regions, Christian Democratic Party and Unity failed to overcome the 5% barrier.

In total, 49.23% of voters or 12,842 participated in elections in Ogre.

Delfi.lv portal had previously reported that Ogre District Court applied a fine on Vice-Mayor of Ogre Egils Helmanis equal to 100 minimal monthly wages on 27 March.

Aside from Helmanis, businessman Artus Robeznieks was also tried for extortion in a group. He was also applied with a fine equal to 100 monthly wages (EUR 38,000).


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