Lithuanian government saved by Social Democrats
The current Lithuanian cabinet of ministers has been saved by an unexpected U-turn from social democrat members of parliament, who disobeyed their party’s decision to leave the ruling coalition.
British-Canadian news agency Reuters reports that Social Democratic Party of Lithuania voted on Saturday, September 23, to leave the government coalition they have formed with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Party since the Seimas election in 2016. Nonetheless in a vote on Monday, September 25, the 19-member Social Democratic faction in the Seimas decided to remain in the government and commented in a press release: «A majority of the members of parliament think that decision to withdraw from the coalition was rushed and was based on emotions, not on arguments».
Although members of the Seimas are not legally obliged to follow party orders, leader of the party Gintautas Paluckas stated to the press that the disobedient members of parliament could be asked to leave the party after upcoming reviews, Reuters wrote citing BNC news agency.