News2019.07.05 14:19

Four parties in Lithuania sign coalition agreement


The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania (SDDP), the Order and Justice party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) and the country's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis signed a coalition agreement on Friday.

The agreement includes the program of the future ruling majority and post distribution.

Under the signed agreement, the LVŽS will delegate its representatives to the Ministries of Finance, Environment, Social Security and Labor, Energy, Economy and Innovation, Culture, Health, Education, Science and Sports, and Justice.

The SDDP will get the foreign affairs and agriculture portfolios, and the LLRA-KŠS will take over the Ministries of the Interior and Transport.

Representatives of the Order and Justice party will take over the Ministry of Defense and plan to nominate an incumbent MP for the position, without disclosing the person's name.

The Order and Justice party will be also partly responsible for the work of the Culture Ministry and will be able to delegate a vice minister.

The coalition negotiators also agreed on several dozen changes linked to social policy, healthcare and anti-corruption fight.

The signed agreement also stipulates that the LVŽS will nominate a candidate for prime minister, and the SDDP will nominate its representative for speaker of the Seimas.

SDLP leader Gediminas Kirkilas told journalists on Friday the LVŽS council plans to hold a meeting on July 15 and decide on the issue of no-confidence in Viktoras Pranckietis, the incumbent parliament speaker representing the LVŽS. And only afterwards, if it was decided to remove him, a vote would be held in the parliament.

LVŽS leader Ramūnas Karbauskis earlier pledged to walk away from power in case of unsuccessful elections earlier this year, but started the formation of a new majority after Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis lost the presidential election.

The new four-party coalition will have 76 votes in the Lithuanian parliament.

Until the presidential election, the LVŽS had a coalition pact with the SDDP, and the two parties also signed a cooperation agreement with the Order and Justice party's political group in the Seimas.

Meawhile, the LLRA-KŠS has often backed decisions of the ruling majority.

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