Lithuania's PM in two minds over his future at helm

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-20 20:32:24|Editor: xuxin
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VILNIUS, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday that he had "many doubts" on whether he would remain in office after the inauguration of the country's President-elect Gitanas Nauseda.

"I still have quite a lot of doubts and thoughts. There are many things to consider," Skvernelis said in an interview with local radio broadcaster Ziniu Radijas.

The head of the government said that he would not stay in office "only for staying there" or for adopting populistic, financially irresponsible decisions.

"However, if there is need to implement decisions necessary for the state, I would say yes. There are many nuances, many factors that will determine the decision," he said.

According to Skvernelis, his decision will depend on the outcome of the ongoing coalition negotiations. He said he expected the coalition agreement to be signed as early as next week.

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVZS), the Social Democratic Labour Party, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania-Christian Families Alliance and the Order and Justice party have been engaged in talks to form a new ruling coalition government since this May's presidential elections.

On Thursday, LVZS representatives announced that the future partners have agreed on a draft coalition agreement. The document will be forwarded to the political parties' leaders for their final endorsement.

Former economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania's presidential elections in the runoff on May 26. According to the country's constitution, the government must return its mandate to a newly elected president, who then decides on possible changes to the cabinet.

During his inauguration on July 12, Nauseda will replace incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite, who spent two terms in office.