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Published: 16 july 2013 09:41

Lithuanian President: Vytautas Gapšys as deputy speaker of parliament brings shame to entire state

Vytautas Gapšys
Eriko Ovčarenko / 15min nuotr. / Vytautas Gapšys

By tolerating Vytautas Gapšys, the leader of the Labor Party who has been recently convicted in the party's fraud and fraudulent bookkeeping case, in the Seimas leadership, the ruling coalition is compromising itself and bringing shame to the whole state, says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

"By electing a person charged with a serious crime to the leadership of the Seimas, the Social Democrats took on responsibility for the honor of the party and the state. By tolerating a convicted person in the Seimas leadership following the court ruling, the whole ruling coalition is compromising itself and is bringing shame to the state," Daiva Ulbinaitė, an adviser to the Lithuanian president, communicated the president's position to BNS on Monday.

Last Friday, Gapšys, who is currently a deputy speaker of parliament, was found guilty of fraud and fraudulent bookkeeping. While the opposition pledge to have a vote of no confidence, unless Gapšys removes himself from the post, the Labor Party claims the ruling is not final until a court of higher instance hears the appeal.

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