LFGU leader doubts party's MPS would back pres­i­dent sta­tus for Lands­ber­gis

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Ra­mu­nas Kar­bauskis, Chair­man of the Lithuanian Farm­ers and Greens Union (LFGU), says that he doubts that the ma­jor­ity of the rul­ing party's law­mak­ers would sup­port Speaker Vik­toras Pranck­i­etis' ini­tia­tive to grant the sta­tus of a former head of state and as­so­ci­ated guar­an­tees to Vy­tau­tas Lands­ber­gis, the former speaker of the Supreme Coun­cil–re­con­stituent Seimas.

Kar­bauskis says that he would not back such a pro­posal, stress­ing that Pranck­i­etis, the Speaker of the Seimas, had not dis­cussed the ini­tia­tive with the party's po­lit­i­cal group in the par­lia­ment.

"To ex­pect that the ma­jor­ity of us or a part of us will sup­port the de­ci­sion -- I wouldn't be sure about that," the LFGU leader said.

"Personally, I agree with the Con­sti­tu­tional Court's con­clu­sion that (the sta­tuses are) not iden­ti­cal. I would not sup­port such a de­ci­sion," he em­pha­sised.

The court has ruled that the sta­tus of the Speaker of the Supreme Coun­cil–re­con­stituent Seimas of 1990-1992 is not iden­ti­cal to the sta­tus of the pres­i­dent as the head of state as set out in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The LFGU group plans to dis­cuss this is­sue next week.

Pranck­i­etis, one of the LFGU lead­ers, has told the daily Li­etu­vos Ry­tas that, in his opin­ion, Lands­ber­gis was the Head of State be­tween 1990 and 1992 and should be granted this sta­tus. How­ever, the speaker made it clear that he would seek ma­jor­ity sup­port be­fore tabling the pro­posal to the par­lia­ment.

Lands­ber­gis presided over the Supreme Coun­cil when it adopted the Act of the Reestab­lish­ment of the State of Lithua­nia on March 11, 1990. Un­der his lead­er­ship, Lithua­nia man­aged to with­stand the Soviet Unions' eco­nomic block­ade and gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

The con­fi­dence in­dex of Es­to­nian in­dus­trial en­ter­prises fell 2 points month over month to 11 points in Au­gust, com­pared with 8 points reg­is­tered for Au­gust 2016, data avail­able from the Es­to­nian In­sti­tute of Eco­nomic Re­search shows. The ex­pec­ta­tion con­cern­ing an in­crease in out­put vol­umes soared 14 points to 28 points, while the in­di­ca­tor was at 24 points in Au­gust 2016.

The assessment of man­agers, when it comes to in­ven­to­ries, rose to -6 points in Au­gust from -12 points in July, and -6 points in Au­gust 2016. The assessment of cur­rent de­mand fell from 13 points in July to -1 points in Au­gust, hav­ing been -5 points in Au­gust 2016.

The con­fi­dence in­dex of the con­struc­tion sec­tor fell 1 point to 19 points in Au­gust, com­pared with 0 points in Au­gust 2016. Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies' assessment of their or­der port­fo­lio in­creased 5 points to 16 points. The in­di­ca­tor had been -10 points in Au­gust 2016.

Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies' ex­pec­ta­tion as to the num­ber of em­ploy­ees in the com­ing three months fell 7 points to 22 points in Au­gust. The in­di­ca­tor had been 10 points in Au­gust 2016.

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