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2019.06.10 09:11

Fourth party to join talks on Lithuania's new coalition government

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) will take part in the ongoing talks on forming a new ruling coalition, its leader said after the party's council meeting in Vilnius on Friday.

“It made the decision to officially start talks on a future coalition,” Valdemar Tomaševski told journalists after the council meeting.

“We agreed that program provisions are key and from that point we start to talk. If we manage to negotiate on what we are delegated for and what results are expected, then there will be another step. And now it's too soon to talk about posts,” the party's MP Rita Tamašunienė said.

The party said that, in the coalition talks, it will seek that other partners commit to raising child benefits and people's incomes, focus on social justice and give more independence to municipal authorities on making decisions on land disposal and the application of certain taxes.

Following last month's presidential election, the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) started talks on a new ruling bloc and signed a coalition memorandum with the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania (LSDDP) and the Order and Justice party.

The documents states that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will stay in his position and the LSDDP will delegate the new parliament speaker.