Lithua­nian gov­ern­ment saved by So­cial Democrats

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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.

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