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Prime Minister: Unless coalition partners revise attitudes, we will consider minority government

Andrius Kubilius ir Dalia Grybauskaitė
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Andrius Kubilius and Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, leader of the ruling Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, stated on Tuesday that the failure of the ruling coalition's partners, the Liberal and Center Union, to revise their attitude may lead to discussion of a minority government scenario.

"If the Liberal Centrists fail to change their attitude towards common work and implementation of common principles and do not make at least the minimum contribution to restoring the principle of justice, we will have to seriously think about other scenarios, including a minority government," Kubilius said in an interview to the national radio.

The idea of minority government was proposed by Eligijus Masiulis, leader of the ruling Liberal Movement. The prime minister said he could not agree with Masiulis' "perspective."

Kubilius also noted that the dismissal of Vitalijus Gailius and Vytautas Giržadas from leading posts at the Financial Crimes Investigation Service had "nothing to do with the information leak from a meeting of prosecutors." Gailius and Giržadas were sacked by Liberal and Center Union's Interior Minister Raimundas Palaitis, a move the prime minister described as a mistake that needed to be corrected.

"The FCIS chief General Gailius was dismissed because Minister Palaitis demanded that General Gailius should sack his deputy. After General Gailius disagreed to dismiss his deputy Giržadas, he was stripped of his access to classified information and, consequently, fired. It would be difficult to find something in common with the information leak," Kubilius said.

"When it comes to Snoras, we should inquire the Prosecutor General's Office that is carrying out an investigation. The probe should establish how former shareholders Antonov and Baranauskas managed to launder large amounts of money from the bank within a rather long period of time by way of various scam financial operations," the prime minister noted.

The head of the government proposed last Tuesday that President Dalia Grybauskaitė should dismiss the interior minister, saying Palaitis made a mistake by firing the FCIS chiefs. The president, who left the minister in his post against the prime minister's will, said she did not want to take part in “pre-election disputes among coalition partners."

The parliamentary Anti-Corruption Commission also carried out a probe into the move and ruled that the minister could have had personal or party reasons to have Gailius and Giržadas out of the service. Palaitis has denied the suspicions.

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