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2016.10.25 10:53

Peasants-Greens start talks on formation of the ruling coalition

Algirdas Acus 2016.10.25 10:53

Leaders of the winning Peasants-Greens Union, Karbauskis and Skvernelis, met the President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Later she met the leaders of the conservative Homeland Union Kubilius and Landsbergis.

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DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:

We can see a clear trust showed to a particular political power. We can see how the parties ended up. Most of the votes went to the Peasants-Greens. Without doubt they will decide and start negotiations to form the government. From our historical experience we know that none of the artificial coalitions survive long. Winning parties themselves must assume responsibility and agree to govern. Only this kind of coalition can survive through the term.

More of winning Karbauskis and Skvernelis during the presser

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RAMŪNAS VILPIŠAUSKAS, Director of the Vilnius University of Political Science and International Relations Institute:

We have to admit that quite a lot of their candidates, in a single member districts, were well known. Maybe not in the capital, but in their own districts, and they constantly stressed that they see the government formed not of politicians, but of professionals.  As well, their strategy to play on dissatisfaction with the ruling political parties resulted in a performance much better than expected in the run-off election for Peasants-Greens, and clearly a much better result than that of the Homeland Union.

Shots of second biggest Lithuanian city Kaunas

Voxpops are from various cities

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A woman, voxpop:

This party comes from nowhere with people we hardly know and with not so many professionals among them as they claim.

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A woman, voxpop:

Indeed, we do need some kind of change. We need young and new people, socially active and determined to drive a change. (Reporter asks if this will be the case in the new Parliament.) I do hope so. (What do you exactly expect?) Amendments to the Labour Code, to begin with.

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A man, voxpop:

I think Social Democrats could have won, but when they adopted this labour reform, probably, people have changed their mind. (Reporter asks if the labour reform was crucial.) I did not analyse it myself, but at least people talk that it was labour reform that decided on the vote.

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A man, voxpop:

There’s nothing we can do about it, so we’ll live on. We saw many reports from abroad, and it is quite painful when Euronews say that ‘Farmers party’ won the election. So that is my position.

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A man voxpop:

It is good news for me as I am a peasant myself, a muzhik, what else is left for me? (What do you expect?) I don’t know. More jobs maybe?

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A woman, voxpop:

Prime Minister Butkevičius worked honestly, but people did not understand it, in my opinion.

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A woman, voxpop:

Now we are going to be a police state – black humour. Well, people always expect something, but those expectations are not always fulfilled, those expectations are strange among majority.

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A man, voxpop, uses strong language: