Ratings drop ‘pushing Lithuanian President to criticise government’

President Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

“Why is this happening? We should probably see the upcoming elections as the reason behind all this, and because the president is perhaps worked up about the fact that her ratings have slumped – she is behind not just the prime minister, but also Minister of the Interior Skvernelis – which makes the president want to be more active,” said Vytautas Magnus University political scientist Algis Krupavičius to TV3.

Despite talk of a friendly relationship between President and Prime Minister, Krupavičius said that in President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s comments about recent government scandals there are notes of upcoming elections in an attempt to undermine the Social Democrats currently dominating the popularity ratings.

“The prime minister speaks of a friendly environment for constructive conversation, and the president says much to the contrary – that the ministers are guilty and the prime minister is also responsible for it,” Krupavičius said on TV3.

Poll results from VILMORUS show that the interior minister has become the most popular public figure in Lithuania and he is tangibly ahead of the prime minister and the president who is in third place.

“When viewed from the elections perspective, knowing in what camp the president is, that is, first of all, the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, she also tends to support other center-right parties that oppose the current ruling majority, it is expected that the longer the scandals continue in public space, the more they will negatively affect the Social Democrats and other parties in the ruling coalition,” said Krupavičius.

“The President has said that it could happen that the next government will again be left-wing, and this is apparently an unpleasant scenario for her. So all these moves are an attempt to prevent the left parties from collecting majority of votes in future elections.”

President Dalia Grybauskaitė recently told the Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius that the government’s ability to continue work until the end of the term depends on the ability of the persons involved in non-transparent processes to take political responsibility.


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