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2019.05.14 12:00

PM Skvernelis may face confidence vote in his party

Milena Andrukaitytė, BNS2019.05.14 12:00

The council of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) is considering to hold a vote of confidence about the performance of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis as well as the party's leader Ramūnas Karbauskis. It follows Skvernelis' failure to advance to the runoff of Lithuania's presidential election.

“The prime minister also wants to find out if he has the party's support. A vote of confidence in myself and the prime minister will likely take place,” Karbauskis said after a meeting of the LVŽS parliamentary group on Tuesday.

Skvernelis has also confirmed the planned vote.

“Certainly, by secret ballot at the party's council,” he said.

However, it is not clear yet if the council will hold confidence votes during its next meeting on Friday or later.

Karbauskis said he was sure that the party would express it still has confidence in the prime minister.

“We have no doubts about that, but he (Skvernelis) wants to check if he still has the confidence (of the party) and I want this, too,” he said.

The agenda of the party council's meeting on Friday does not include either the confidence votes or the issue of the LVŽS staying in the ruling coalition, according to Karbauskis.

“On Friday, we'll discuss mobilization for the European Parliament elections. There is no such item on the agenda, but if the council decides to discuss this, it will be discussed,” he said.

When asked if he was sticking to his position that the party should pull out of the ruling bloc after its candidate's poor showing in the presidential election, Karbauskis said: “If the party decides that the results are poor, that will be a decision to withdraw.”

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