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Lithuania has new candidate for the post of Prime Minister

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President Dalia Grybauskaite (L) and Algirdas Butkevicius, head of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (R)

President Dalia Grybauskaite has announced that she plans to entrust the formation of the new government to the leader of social democrats Algirdas Butkevičius.

“Social democrats received the most mandates to the Seimas and became the only ones who can afford to form the majority. This is why I will propose the head of this party to the post of Prime Minister,” – said Grybauskaite after her meeting with Butkevičius.

However, she addressed criticism to the social democrats all because they chose “the currently tried Labour Party” as their coalition partners. On top of that, they broke the promise by appointing Vytautas Gapšys to the post of Vice-Speaker of the Seimas in spite of him being held suspect in financial crimes.

The President called the Labour Party to propose only non-party candidates for the posts of ministers. After his meeting with the President, Butkevičius promised to ensure the realization of the President’s will.

According to the President, time will tell whether the social democrats are able to carry out a responsible and fair policy or become a front for the party that sits in the prisoner’s box. “Only time will tell if the party chooses to carry out its duties in the interest of the people or to prolong the case until it expires [Labour Party’s case] and divide money in the interest of criminally oligarchic groups,” – said the President.

The President did not attend the first meeting of the new Seimas on November 16, instead sending a congratulation card. Political experts believe she expressed her dissatisfaction of the fact that the coalition is being formed in collaboration with the Labour Party.

It was previously reported that the new coalition is being formed by the Social Democratic Party with 37 mandates, Labour Party with 29 mandates, the Justice and Order Party with 11 mandates and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania with eight mandates. Together, these parties form the so called constitutional majority, which increases the influence of the parliament in relations with the president.

Within the next 15 days, the Prime Minister will need to create and submit the structure of the government and its program approved by the President to the Seimas. The new government will be able to work once the Seimas approves its program with a majority of votes.

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