DAUGAVPILS - The Daugavpils city council, meeting in a special session on Sept.4,confirmed Rita Strode as the new mayor by a vote of 11-4 following theresignation of Ivars Skincs, who had stepped down after only four months inoffice. This latest development comes at a turbulent time in local politicsin Daugavpils, Latvia's second largest city.Problems recently reached crisis proportions when Latvijas Gaze cut off thesupply of natural gas after the city's debt to the company exceeded 1million lats (1.6 million euros). Residents who had dutifully paid theirbills were suddenly without hot wate...
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