Lithua­nian LSDP says LFGU have to say if they need them in the coali­tion

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

The leader of the Lithua­nian So­cial Demo­cratic Party (LSDP) has ex­pressed sur­prise at Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis’ re­marks that the Lithua­nian Farm­ers and Green Union (LFGU) have to rely on the op­po­si­tion to pass the gov­ern­ment’s re­forms through the Seimas, say­ing that it is the LFGU that has to say if they need the So­cial Democrats as a rul­ing coali­tion part­ner.

“I sug­gest they should first put things in or­der in their own back­yard, and say clearly if the So­cial Democrats can be in the coali­tion. If not, we are re­spon­si­ble for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Lithua­nia, and we will act in a very re­spon­si­ble man­ner,” Al­gir­das Butke­vi­cius told re­porters.

Com­ment­ing on the sit­u­a­tion in the coali­tion ear­lier in the day, Skver­nelis told re­porters that if the So­cial Democrats saw no sense in stay­ing in the rul­ing bloc, they should in­form the LFGU about this as soon as pos­si­ble.

The LFGU has 56 votes in the par­lia­ment. The So­cial Democrats have 19 seats and the con­ser­va­tive Home­land Union–lithua­nian Chris­tian Democrats have 31 seats.

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