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2019.07.29 12:00

Lithuanian president doubles down against coalition efforts to remove transport minister

Saulius Jakučionis 2019.07.29 12:00

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he has not heard convincing reasons from the ruling parties for replacing Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis.

“I asked that question myself, why can't a minister who does a good job remain [in office]. I did not receive a convincing answer,” the president told journalists on Saturday during his visit to the seaside.

He also hinted that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis had some difficulties forming the new government, as the sides have so far failed to reach agreement “on a specific minister”. President Nausėda did not specify who the minister was.

Under the coalition agreement signed several weeks ago, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance would take over the Ministry of Transport and have already proposed former Vice Minister of Transport Vladislav Kondratovič for the position.

Prime Minister Skvernelis had vowed to present candidates for the new cabinet to the president last week, but failed to do so.

There are also ongoing discussions on the legal details of the government overhaul in the Seimas.

The coalition agreement was signed by the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania, the Order and Justice party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance.