Election Action of Poles might get Seimas' vice speaker's post, Farmers' leader says
Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance might get the position of a deputy speaker of the Seimas, despite not being part of the ruling majority.
In his words, lawmakers should change the Statute of the Seimas and increase the number of deputy speakers from five back to seven.
"If the Seimas makes this decision, and I think it will, by making seven deputy speaker positions again, so they will offer one to EAPL-CFA, (…) irrespective of the existence of any agreement or not," Karbauskis told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday.
"It would allow involving them into the Seimas management. Besides, they have never needed any agreement for them to vote together with us based on values," he said.
The number of deputy speakers was reduced at the beginning of this parliament at the LFGU initiative, citing the need to cut costs.
According to Karbauskis, the second of the two additional deputy speaker positions would be filled by a representative of the Order and Justice party. The latter and LFGU are currently mulling signing a cooperation agreement between the parties' political groups in the Seimas, with the negotiations set to be finished later this month.
Meanwhile, any cooperation with EAPL-CFA will not come in the form of any signed agreement. EAPL-CFA had offered LFGU to sign a coalition agreement but the latter does not to give any positions in the government.
And an agreement between the political groups will not be signed as EAPL-CFA does not want that, Karbauskis said.