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Lithuanian ex-president Valdas Adamkus: I cannot imagine state leader ignoring voters' will

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Lithuania's former president Valdas Adamkus says he cannot imagine how a state leader could ignore the will expressed by voters.

Asked whether he ever wanted to keep a party from government during his tenure, Adamkus emphasized that the nation's will had to be taken into consideration.

"I cannot imagine the leader of a democratic state fooling around like this. Citizens' will is a must. Ignoring it means we want to go back to where we were for five long decades and were determined to leave on 11 March 1990," the ex-president said in an interview published by Lietuvos Rytas daily on Saturday.

Adamkus said that disregard of the nation's will could cause extensive damage to Lithuania's democracy.

"(...) It seems like its foundation is being shaken. Part of the society would feel disappointed and deceived, if the will expressed in elections is trampled upon," the ex-president noted.

After announcement of preliminary results of the second round of parliamentary elections, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's leader Algirdas Butkevicius, the Labour Party's leader Viktor Uspaskich, the and Order and Justice party's leader Rolandas Paksas agreed to form the new ruling coalition. The three political forces will have more than half of mandates in the new 141-seat parliament.

On Monday, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after meeting with Butkevičius that she would only support the political force that is capable of forming a ruling coalition "without the Labour Party that is on trial."

Since the spring of 2008, a Vilnius court has been hearing a criminal case where the Labour Party, its leader Uspaskich, vice-chairman Vytautas Gapšys, former head of the central bureau Vitalija Vonzutaitė, and accountant Marina Liutkevičienė are charged with black bookkeeping.

According to data available to prosecutors, the Labour Party failed to include about 25 million litas (EUR 7.2m) in income and about 23 million litas in spending related with property, commitments, and structural changes.

Last Friday, just a few days before the second round of parliamentary elections, state prosecutor Saulius Verseckas revised charges against the party and its leaders and re-quallified them as fraud.

The Vilnius court has not yet decided on the prosecutor's plea.

Uspaskich has categorically denied the charges.

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