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Lithuanian president to start interviewing cabinet candidates on Tuesday

Dalia Grybauskaitė ir Algirdas Butkevičius
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Dalia Grybauskaitė and Algirdas Butkevičius
Šaltinis: BNS

After appointing Social Democratic leader Algirdas Butkevičius as the prime minister on Monday, President Dalia Grybauskaitė expects to receive a list of ministerial candidates later in the day.

"We expect to be provided with a list of candidates for ministers later today so that meetings with some of them could be arranged for Tuesday," presidential adviser Daiva Ulbinaitė told BNS on Monday.

A meeting with the appointed PM Butkevičius is not scheduled for Monday.

Four parties in the ruling center-left coalition have already announced the majority of their candidates to the 16th government. The Labour Party's candidates for ministers of agriculture and culture are yet to be clarified.

According to Butkevičius, the Labour Party has proposed MP Loreta Graužinienė as the minister of social security and labor and MP Virginija Baltraitienė as the education and science minister.

On Friday, the Social Democratic Party's presidium decided to propose Rimantas Šadžius to head the Finance Ministry, Birutė Vėsaite to the Economy Ministry, and Vytenis Andriukaitis to the Health Care Ministry.

Lithuania's ambassador to Belarus Linas Linkevičius will be proposed to the post of the minister of foreign affairs, Juozas Olekas as the defense minister, and MP Rimantas Sinkevičius as the minister transport and communications.

Two members of the Social Democratic Party – Juozas Bernatonis and Julius Sabatauskas – will be nominated to head the Ministry of Justice. Nevertheless, the Social Democratic leader did not rule out proposing just one of the two candidates to Grybauskaitė.

Other coalition partners – the Order and Justice party – want to delegate MP Valentinas Mazuronis as the environment minister and MP Remigijus Žemaitaitis as the interior minister. The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania has proposed designating Jaroslav Neverovič as the energy minister.

The president earlier hinted that foreign language fluency will be an important factor in deciding the suitability of ministerial candidates, who will be tasked with chairing a number of international meetings during Lithuania's turn as the presiding nation in the Council of European Union. President Grybauskaitė warned she would be interviewing the candidates in English, German, or French. All candidates have entered at least one of these languages in their official CVs.

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