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2020.12.01 12:25

Lithuanian president unhappy with several minister candidates, spokesman says

Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė, BNS2020.12.01 12:25

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has doubts about some ministerial candidates proposed by prime minister-designate Ingrida Šimonytė, his spokesman has said, without giving any names.

Antanas Bubnelis said Nausėda and Šimonytė agreed to look for other candidates for some positions, but the prime minister-designate said this would be decided after the president met with all the candidates.

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“The president expressed his doubts about several candidates for ministers and it was agreed that other individuals would be sought for the positions,” Bubnelis said after Nausėda's meeting with Šimonytė.

“The president made remarks about the competencies these candidates must have to lead the areas overseen by the relevant ministries," he said.

The spokesman added that consultations will continue this week.

However, Šimonytė subsequently said: “We did not make any agreements today to seek other candidates. The president just made his comments on both the candidates he has met and those he hasn't met yet.”

The prime minister-designate added that she and the ruling coalition would think of new candidates once the president met them all.

Šimonytė refused to say which candidates were criticised by President Nausėda.

Whether any replacements will be made will be clear at the end of the week, after the president has met with all the candidates and will have his opinion about the cabinet as a whole, she added.

Nausėda has so far met with seven out of 14 candidates: Jurgita Šiugždinienė for education minister, Aušrinė Armonaitė for economy minister, Arūnas Dulkys for health minister, Evelina Dobrovolska for justice minister, Kasparas Adomaitis for transport minister, Simonas Kairys for culture minister, and Monika Navickienė for social security minister.

The president is scheduled to meet with Simonas Gentvilas, a liberal MP proposed for environment minister, later on Tuesday.

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