Will the power division require a slap in the face?

Saulius Skvernelis and Ramūnas Karbauskis
Saulius Skvernelis and Ramūnas Karbauskis DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

It is likely that building an old-and-new Parliament will be a long process. This is what Ramūnas Karbauskis (the leader of the Peasants) says himself, and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis agrees as well, Vytautas Bruveris wrote in lrytas.lt

One would think – why so long?  Everything seems to be settled among the coalition partners already; Viktoras Pranckietis (still in his position) is not the necessary player anymore for assembling the coalition and the main interference could only be the new President Gitanas Nausėda, who might have his own demands.

Yet there is nothing to be fascinated, bewildered or confused about. After all, without the President’s will to demonstrate that he is the new Zeus in need of new victims, the familiarities become much more important. That same sentiment stands for S. Skvernelis’ relationship with R. Karbauskis. It is old news that they are hardly two peas in a pod; on the contrary, they seem to be more like oil and water.

But here is the most significant incident concerning the rebuilding of Parliament.

Apparently, Prime Minister S. Skvernelis is seriously considering sticking it to R. Karbauskis. When he is approved by the Parliament, he will likely be proposing a new arrangement to the President, in which the only change to Parliament will be the Ministers for the Ministries of his coalition partners, while those belonging to the Peasants will remain the same.

Otherwise, he could point fingers at him after face-to-face negotiations with G. Nausėda, and not support the change to the Peasant Minister position that R. Karbauskis would like to have.

Is S. Skvernelis going to take this leap?

If he does, he would have to walk on an extremely short Conservatives’ leash in the Parliament and constantly suffer R. Karbauskis’ acts of revenge. He seems to be prepared for that since he has been saying that there is no need for any war with the Conservatives anymore.

We will see about that. Nevertheless, as we all know, the pain of making a decision can be both long and intense.

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