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2019.06.04 12:07

Nausėda says government stability 'top priority' amid Seimas coalition reshuffle

BNS 2019.06.04 12:07

Lithuanian President-elect Gitanas Nausėda believes that Saulius Skvernelis should stay on as prime minister after his inauguration, but he does not rule out other options. The president-elect, who will be sworn in on July 12, said the stability of the government is his top priority.

"I think (Skvernelis) should assume responsibility for the remaining year and a half," Nausėda told reporters on Tuesday.

"However, if there is a different situation and I see that there is too little willingness to work or there are some other goals that would lead to the government being temporary or unstable, I will certainly not be able to endorse such a government or prime minister," Nausėda said.  

"There are no irreplaceable people and there are definitely more candidates in Lithuania to take up the position of prime minister, but my first option, my first choice would be for this government to continue the work it started and to deliver on these promises," he added.

The president-elect also said he will take an active part in selecting ministers and will demand that candidates have the necessary qualifications.  

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday that support from President-elect Gitanas Nausėda is important, but he also needs a stable coalition in the Seimas to be able to head the next Cabinet. 

"That (Nausėda's support) is important, but (…) a few more essential things are needed. First of all, we need to have a stable, firm coalition in the Seimas (...), because if there's no majority, it makes no sense to talk about the government," he told reporters on Tuesday, commenting on possibilities for him to stay on as prime minister after Nauseda is sworn in on July 12. 

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, which has the most seats in the Seimas, is currently in talks with the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDDP), the Order and Justice Party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) on a new coalition agreement. 

Skvernelis said before last month's presidential election he would step down in case of his failure to make it to the runoff, but has hinted recently that he may remain in his post.