News2019.05.30 15:20

Ruling coalition regroups in Lithuanian parliament

BNS, 2019.05.30 15:20

The leaders of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania (LSDDP) and the Order and Justice party on Thursday signed a memorandum on a ruling coalition and are waiting for the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) to join.

"The meeting ended with the signing of a memorandum on forming a coalition," Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told journalists following his meeting with the leaders of the three parties.

The prime minister said he plans to meet with LLRA-KŠS leader Valdemar Tomaševski on Friday and hopes to agree on a future coalition.

LSDDP leader Gediminas Kirkilas told journalists after the meeting his party wants three ministerial portfolios in the government, first of all, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.

The Order and Justice party would like to get two ministerial positions, its leader Remigijus Žemaitaitis said.

A ruling coalition involving four parties would have 77 teats in the 141-seat parliament.

The same three parties formed the ruling coalition before the regrouping announced earlier this week, with the LLRA-KŠS voting with them.

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