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Vytautas Landsbergis: Ruling coalition is already destroyed

Vytautas Landsbergis
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Vytautas Landsbergis
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuania's conservatives are not destroying the ruling coalition, it has already ceased to exist, says Vytautas Landsbergis, member of the European Parliament and chairman of the political committee of conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.

"We're not destroying the coalition, it has already been destroyed. There's nothing to hide. Coalition partners vote against their partners," Landsbergis said at a meeting of the party's council on Saturday.

"If the prime minister cannot sack a minister, what is the line-up in the state. (...) It's simply indecent," he added.

Nevertheless, Landsbergis said the conservatives should not go against the President.

The ruling Coalition for Changes, consisting of the conservatives, the Liberal and Center Union and the Liberal Movement, has been locked in tensions since the sacking of top officers of the Financial Crimes Investigation Service. The decision by the Minister of Interior, Raimundas Palaitis, has cost him his job and threatens the future of the current government.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, leader of the ruling conservatives, maintains that outgoing Interior Minister Raimundas Palaitis is leaving a very poor situation in the sector.

"The legacy of minister Palaitis is very poor indeed, controversial is the mildest word I can use in this situation. The new minister and the rest of the government will have to make extensive efforts to restore the ability of institutions to fight shadow economic and smuggling," Kubilius said at a meeting of council of conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party.

The prime minister told his party colleagues that the conservatives engaged in cleansing within the state over the 3.5 years in the ruling majority.

"We purified Lithuania's economy and finances from the crisis and overspending, we're cleaning Lithuanian energy from dependence on various interest groups, we have cleansed the banking sector from the financial bomb developed by Snoras' shareholders and owners, we've successfully liberated from the shadow, smuggling, illegal trade in open-air markets, Gariūnai phenomenon and purified financing of parties," Kubilius said.

"One of the most successful instruments, activities of the Financial Crimes Investigation Service, is virtually paralyzed, the top officials were removed from their offices in a hasty, unreasoned and wrong manner," he added.

"When the FCIS head, the general, is stripped of his permit to access classified information after he refuses to dismiss his deputy, I cannot understand what this has to do with the permit to access classified information," the prime minister noted.

He stated that a difference in the values of conservatives and Liberal and Center Union had been observed.

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