2019.10.23 18:30

Lithuania's ruling coalition kicks out Order and Justice

BNS 2019.10.23 18:30

Lithuania's ruling bloc decided to end their coalition with the Order and Justice party after its group in parliament collapsed.

“Given that the Order and Justice party has violated the coalition agreement and lost its political group in the Seimas, the coalition partners (the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance), have decided to terminate the coalition agreement with the [party],” they said in a statement.

The document was signed by the three parties' leaders, Ramūnas Karbauskis, Gediminas Kirkilas and Valdemar Tomaševski.

Almantas Petkus, the Order and Justice party's executive secretary, arrived at Wednesday's meeting of the coalition council, but left shortly afterwards.

The four parties sealed the coalition deal in July.

In September, however, all of the Order and Justice MPs, except the group's leader Remigijus Žemaitaitis, set up a new parliamentary group named ‘For Lithuania’s Welfare’. Most of the new group's members have also left the party.

Read more: 4 MPs leave Order and Justice group, forcing its collapse

‘For Lithuania's Welfare’ signed a cooperation agreement with the other three ruling bloc parties on September 19, but has not joined the coalition.