2019.07.05 12:54

Leader of the ruling party to undergo confidence vote on July 15

Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), said on Thursday he will test his party's confidence in him on July 15 following three elections earlier this year and the recent coalition talks.

"The party council will hold a meeting on July 15," the LVŽS leader told BNS. "I will raise the issue of trust in me, the whole situation and so on, and so forth."

Karbauskis said that after Speaker of Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis called on him earlier in the day to undergo a confidence test.

Pranckietis said Karbauskis "is concerned over his survival" and therefore keeps on postponing such a vote.

The LVŽS, the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania, the Order and Justice party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance plan to sign a coalition agreement on Friday.

The coalition re-negotiation began after the recent presidential election when Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, nominated by the LVŽS, came third in the first round of voting.

During the local election in March, the LVŽS also came third in terms of secured council seats behind the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania.

The LVŽS was also third during the European Parliament election, getting two mandates.

Karbauskis had vowed to win all three elections and pledged to step down in case of failure.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis also promised to resign if he lost the presidential election, but now says he's now considering whether to do so.

The LVŽS is the largest political group in the Lithuanian parliament, represented by 49 lawmakers. The parliament is also led by LVŽS representative Viktoras Pranckietis.