2019.06.03 12:18

Lithuanian Parliament speaker hopes no-confidence plans 'will run out of steam'

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, representing the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), believes the no-confidence vote against him threatened by the party's leader Ramunas Karbauskis "will run out of steam".

"It seems that the situation is acquiring a lighter character and that situation will probably end this week," Pranckietis told journalists on Monday.

Asked how it will end, he added: "It will run out of steam."

"I have received a lot of support from party members, and people in general, saying that you should not allow such actions to take place and that we need to ensure stability," Pranckietis said, repeating his decision not to step down.

"Under the existing situation and public opinion, I think [a no-confidence vote] would be very bad for the party's image, for the image of the party's political group in the parliament and for people who want to work normally, not to fight," the Seimas speaker said.

Panckietis said that even if signatures were collected to initiate no-confidence proceedings against him, a vote could be held only next week as he is leaving for a planned working visit to Ukraine and Poland.

During coalition talks last week, Karbauskis promised to give the Seimas speaker's position to the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania (LSDDP). But Pranckietis refused to resign, saying that it doesn’t want to satisfy Karbauskis' personal whims. Karbauskis, however, says the speaker does not realize the changed political situation.

"We'll get a peculiar situation if he tries to stay in his position, as a vote of no-confidence will be held. And the man can not only lose his position but might also be expelled from the party and so on," the LVŽS leader said.

Under the Statute of the Seimas, the Board of the Seimas, a Seimas committee or at leas 29 lawmakers can propose dismissing a Seimas official. A vote of no-confidence is deemed valid if at least 71 lawmakers vote in favor during a secret ballot.

The LVŽS, the LSDDP and the Order and Justice party agreed on a ruling coalition last week. The three political forces also expect the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance to join them.