Ruling Farmer leaders expect SocDem MPs to stand firm on coalition

Saulius Skvernelis

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union's (LFGU) leaders say they are confident that Social Democratic lawmakers who have opted to stay in the ruling coalition despite their party's decision to pull out will not backtrack in fear of being expelled from the party.

"Basically, we did not raise that issue (of the Social Democrats staying in the coalition), but judging from our discussion on specific issues on the (Seimas) agenda, there is no ground to say that they might behave otherwise," Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after an unannounced meeting between the LFGU leaders and the Social Democratic MPs.

When asked whether he was worried that the Social Democrats might backtrack, Ramūnas Karbauskis, the LFGU chairman and head of the party's group in the parliament, said, "There is no such worry."

Both LFGU leaders said that a reshuffle of posts in the government and in the Seimas had not been discussed at the meeting.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's (LSDP) council decided a week ago to withdraw from the coalition with the LFGU.

However, eleven Social Democratic lawmakers several days later signed a cooperation agreement with the LFGU group in the parliament. Another six Social Democratic MPs did not sign the deal, but they are not leaving the group.

Source: BNS
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