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2016.10.24 09:49

Peasants and Greens win the 2016 Seimas Elections

Algirdas Acus 2016.10.24 09:49

SAULIUS SKVERNELIS, leader of Peasants-Greens electoral list, former chief of police and former Minister of Interior: Political parties that declared and still declare their wish to initiate changes in the state and to implement them, especially at the time that we face demographic challenges, poverty, so if all this is not just words, then clearly it is a possibility to agree and work together. But if the question is only about political posts and election results, then probably there will be less of those possible coalition partners.

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SAULIUS SKVERNELIS, leader of Peasants-Greens electoral list, former chief of police and former Minister of Interior:

From those several debates you can see that when the results show the reality, real faces emerge  of the colleagues politicians who start to talk that it is not clear what kind of the group has won the elections, that our direction is not clear or that we will split, fade away, etc. If we talk about the state and its people, then it is necessary that actions follow words. I think that we succeeded in changing the attitude towards an individual, working hard during the campaign, and here’s the result. Now there is a responsibility to implement our plans.
 

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RAMŪNAS KARBAUSKIS, leader of Peasants-Greens party:

We need to think how to limit, by way of applying economic measures, buying the electricity from the Astravets (Belarus) nuclear power plant and later to technically limit this plant, because it raises a major threat to Lithuania.
 

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RAMŪNAS KARBAUSKIS, leader of Peasants-Greens party:

I do not see any difference between Conservatives and Social Democrats. They need to think about their situation. As far as I know, one party will hold its Board’s meeting tomorrow. So they need to think if they want to join the ruling coalition and then what compromises they can make when it comes to their program and our program. At the moment, many doubts are being raised with consideration of our decisions and suggestions.
 

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GABRIELIUS LANDSBERGIS, leader of conservative Homeland Union – Christian Democrats:

Saulius Skvernelis and Ramūnas Karbauskis now will have a hard time, but let themselves cope with it. My intention is to stand by my party values, but they will have to decide what is their mode of operation, how they will negotiate and make their demands. Because we truly see two very different people whose attitude with regard to Lithuania and work that needs to be done is very different. Saulius Skvernelis clearly spoke about tasks to be implemented in Lithuania, about issues as to which we or they could or could not concede, I still see a negotiator in him, I see a politician who aims at the result. Ramūnas Karbauskis, on the other hand, from the very first days that he started making his demands, has been but drawing red lines. So now it remains to be seen if that was just campaigning or their actual position.
 

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ALGIRDAS BUTKEVIČIUS, Social Democratic Prime Minister of Lithuania:

People demonstrated a want of trust to our party and at the same time expressed a strong vote of trust in Peasants-Greens party. I would say that under circumstances we are not in the position to form a ruling majority and coalition. But we do not say that we will not talk with other parties.
 

Reporter asks if Prime Minister will resign from position of the Social Democrats’ leader
 

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ALGIRDAS BUTKEVIČIUS, Social Democratic Prime Minister of Lithuania: