2019.07.11 09:00

MP Bakas to step down from Seimas Security committee after leaving ruling party

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS2019.07.11 09:00

Vytautas Bakas will step down as chairman of the Lithuanian parliament's National Security and Defense Committee (NSGK) after leaving the Farmers and Greens Union's political group in Seimas.

"I will not cling to the position," as it's a post assigned to the Seimas majority, he announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

Bakas announced his decision to leave the majority Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) group on Tuesday, saying that he will join the non-attached group.

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The MP said he decided to leave the group after it changed one of its key priorities – fight against corruption – declared during the Seimas election campaign 2016.

"I believe something happened that the party changed its direction 180 degrees, and formed a coalition with parties standing trial," Bakas said.

Bakas was elected to the Lithuanian parliament in 2016 as a candidate of the LVŽS and later was nominated to lead the NSGK. He's already a 9th lawmaker to leave the LFGU group after the election.

The LVŽS leader Ramūnas Karbauskis told journalists on Tuesday it would not take long to find a replacement for Bakas, adding that a new committee chair could be appointed on Thursday already.

After Bakas' departure, the LVŽS group now has 48 members.

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