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2019.10.24 12:00

Lithuanian PM supports early elections to end ‘chaos’ in parliament

Jonas Kisielius2019.10.24 12:00

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says early general election may be the only option to end “chaos” in the parliament. His comment follows a bumpy week in the Seimas where ruling bloc MPs tried unsuccessfully to fire the speaker, twice.

“I think that the lessons may be finally learned. If they are learned, the Seimas still has a year to focus on the most important issues and on resolving them,” Skvernelis told a Delfi TV programme.

“Otherwise, I am a supporter of an early election. It would probably be a way out of all that chaos that is happening in the Seimas,” he added.

According to the prime minister, the processes in parliament are harmful to everyone.

A regular general election is to be held in autumn next year.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has admitted that the ruling bloc may no longer have a majority in the parliament after a second no-confidence vote in Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, failed on Tuesday.

The Farmers and Greens, the biggest party in the Seimas, have been calling on Pranckietis to resign for several months in order to give the post to a coalition partner, the Social Democratic Labour Party (LSDLP).

However, Pranckietis has refused to step down, saying Karbauskis is seeking his removal in revenge for his “disobedience”.