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Labour Party leader says he will not nominate new candidates for cabinet

Viktoras Uspaskichas
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Viktor Uspaskich
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Lithuania's Labour Party will not nominate new candidates for ministers, says its leader Viktor Uspaskich. He also said he had not been informed of President Dalia Grybauskaite's decision to reject at least two of the Labour Party's candidates.

"What is submitted to the prime minister, we are not going to change that list for sure," Uspaskich told journalists on Tuesday.

In his words, "the list is pretty long and includes competent people."

"There might be slight changes to candidates on that list but nothing more," the Labour Party's leader said.

The Presidium of the Labour Party has approved a list of ten candidates for ministers. Uspaskich refused to disclose the names. In his words, the list has been submitted to Prime Minister-Designate Algirdas Butkevičius, and the candidates were chosen following consultations with Butkevičius.

Sources say Butkevicius has been informed that the president finds Loreta Graužinienė an unacceptable candidate for minister of social security and labour. The president also rejected Virginija Baltraitienė, the Labor Party's candidate for minister of education and science, as well as candidates for minister of culture.

Vytautas Gapšys, the party's deputy chairman, confirmed it to BNS on Tuesday that the party's presidium was scheduled to hold a meeting later in the day.

"The existing situation will be discussed," Gapšys said. But he could not say whether the meeting was related to the president's decision.

Sources informed BNS that Butkevičius has been invited to attend the meeting.

Under the coalition agreement, the Labour Party will be in charge of four ministries: Social Security and Labour, Education and Science, Agriculture, and Culture.

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