Narva city council elects new chairman

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Members of the Narva city council elected former centrists’ candidate Irina Yanovych as chairman yesterday. Twenty-one delegates who had previously left the Center Party faction of the council formed a new group called Our Home Narva. Yanovych got 21 votes.

The candidate of opposition group Our Narva, Yana Kondrashova, got eight votes.

The election was the last item on the council’s agenda yesterday. Member of the council, chairman of the Our Narva faction Katri Raik told Postimees before the meeting that “ties between the power in Narva and the government of the republic were severed today”.

The collapse of the Center Party faction in Narva started when PM Jüri Ratas demanded the resignation of councilmen who are being investigated for criminal misconduct. The latter left the Center Party as a result.

Chairman of the Center Party in Narva Yana Toom did not manage to convince suspected council members to resign before the sitting yesterday.

The board of the Center Party is set to discuss events in Narva at a meeting today.