2020.05.14 11:39

Lithuanian vice minister of environment resigns following bow hunting controversy

BNS2020.05.14 11:39

Rasa Vaitkevičiūtė is stepping down as Lithuania's vice minister of environment.

Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika confirmed the resignation on Thursday.

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The vice minister, who has recently come under criticism over amendments to the Hunting Rules, has handed in her resignation and is leaving her post next week, Mažeika told BNS.

“That tension and all other things [and]a combination of circumstances," he said. "This week is her last week in the job."

Vaitkevičiūtė's resignation follows a controversial decree allowing hunting with bows, a practice that is currently prohibited in the country. Criticised by environment activists and opposition politicians, Mažeika said the provision was put in there by an advisory council chaired by Vaitkevičiūtė.

Mažeika's spokesman then announced on Tuesday that the minister signed a new decree that excluded the provision allowing bow hunting.

“With his order, the minister removed the point on bows. It should come into force tomorrow [Wednesday],” the minister's adviser Justas Jaškonis told BNS.

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