News2019.07.19 16:00

Lithuanian president insists on keeping four ministers in future cabinet

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda expects Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis, Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, and Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius to continue in their posts in a reshuffled Cabinet.

“The president has mentioned several ministers whose performance he regards as very good and expects them to remain in the government that is being currently formed and to continue until the (next) Seimas election,” Povilas Mačiulis, a presidential advisor, told reporters after the president's meeting with the leaders of ruling coalition parties.

“These are Mr. Karoblis, Mr. Šapoka and Mr. Sinkevičius. These are the ministers whose work made a good impression on the president,” he said.

The advisor added later that Nausėda expected to be able to work with Linkevičius, too.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis returned his Cabinet's powers to Nausėda after the new president was sworn in last Friday.

The Cabinet is set to be reshuffled in line with the ruling Farmers and Greens Union's new coalition agreement with the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party, the Order and Justice, and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance.

A reshuffled Cabinet will have to be approved by the president.

Read more: Game of Posts – Lithuanian government reshuffle to test Nausėda's leadership

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