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2020.01.10 12:30

Lithuanian transport minister rejects president's criticism: he is ‘misled’

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS 2020.01.10 12:30

Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič has rejected President Gitanas Nausėda's claims that he has installed his people into state-run transport companies.

He insists that the president may have been misled.

“I have an impression that his excellency the president is being misled. The question arises as to who and why is doing that,” Narkevič told a press conference on Thursday.

In an interview to LRT RADIO, President Nausėda said that Nakrevič had installed over 20 people linked to his party, the Electoral Action of Poles, in companies under the Transport Ministry's control.

Read more: Transport minister filled state-owned companies with his people – Lithuanian president

Nausėda has repeatedly called on Narkevič to resign.

‘People he can work with’

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has rejected the president's criticism of the transport minister for hiring fellow party members.

“A minister must have people he can work with,” Karbauskis told BNS on Thursday, responding to President Nausėda's allegations.

According to Karbauskis, Transport Minister Narkevič, who assumed his position in August, found “total disorder” at the ministry.

A lot of people were employed in the transport sector who were directly linked to former Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis, Karbauskis says.

“At this ministry and its subordinate enterprises, there are many people directly linked to Rokas Masiulis [...] And now another minister comes in, taking over political responsibility for the ministry, and he comes under fire for trying to have familiar and trusted people in the same system,” Karbauskis told BNS.

“Nobody criticized the previous minister, and there are hundreds of people who are directly linked to him [Masiulis],” he said, adding that opposition parties do the same. “The conservatives, social democrats and liberals have thousands of people in the state governance apparatus” who are sabotaging the governments decisions, according Karbauskis.