News2019.05.30 11:21

Lithuanian parliament speaker refuses to give up post under new coalition agreement

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, says he is surprised that his post might be on the line as the ruling parties intend to renegotiate the coalition agreement.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), said on Wednesday that the current agreement between his and two other parties was at an end and a new deal would involve reshuffling key government and parliament posts.

Under the Statute of the Seimas, the speaker is elected for the entire four-year term and can only be removed from office through a no-confidence motion that has to be backed by at least 71 members of the 141-strong parliament, Pranckietis said on Thursday.

The speaker, who is a member of the LVŽS, the largest party in the parliament, added that he did not intend to resign.

Karbauskis and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis have said all posts, including those of the prime minister and the speaker of the Seimas, will be on the negotiating table.

“We are negotiating on all political positions,” Karbauskis told journalists on Thursday.

Following the presidential election, the Farmers and Greens announced they were launching talks on a broader ruling coalition.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party and the Order and Justice Party said on Wednesday that they suspended all existing coalition agreements with the LVŽS.

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