Ramūnas Karbauskis
Politics

R. Karbauskis wants changes in his party: R. Baškienė and A. Nekrošius to no longer be his deputies

With the Lithuanian Farmer and Greens Union (LVŽS) congress nearing, “Farmer” leader Ramūnas Karbauskis has spoken to party members, proposing to halve the number of LVŽS deputies. The party chairman would like to not longer have Seimas first Vice Speaker Rima Baškienė and Seimas Vice Speaker Arvydas Nekrošius as his deputies, LRT’s Laba Diena, Lietuva reports, according to lrt.lt. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
CORPORATE

Experts on S. Skvernelis’ candidacy: do not see pre-planning and see risks

Last week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced his presidential bid. This decision has finalised matters on the political stage. Gitanas Nausėda, S. Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė gather 40% of the vote according to surveys. Another 40% of potential voters are undecided and the remaining 20% is shared by the other candidates. Thus, the number of candidates is growing and the intrigue is rising. How the presidential election campaign will develop and who has the highest chances was discussed by experts on Monday’s LRT Forumas, lrt.lt writes. […]

Kęstutis Girnius
CORPORATE

Kęstutis Girnius. Referendum – inexcusable populism

The president’s advisor Mindaugas Lingė was mistaken calling the ruling “Farmer” initiative to gather signatures on a referendum on reducing the number of members of Seimas as having a populist shade. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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Evaluation of S. Skvernelis’ chances: by clashing with the media, he may have made a mistake

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis chose Rusnė as the location to announce his presidential bid. During his cabinet’s term, financing was arranged for the Rusnė overpass. The prime minister stated he wishes for there to be “harmony between governments in the country,” because at the moment he sees discord between the branches of government and journalists, who according to S. Skvernelis participate in politics, add further pressure. This was the discussion topic of Dienos Tema featuring VU TSPMI docent and KTU scientist Mažvydas Jastramskis and the chief editor of BNS news agency Vaidotas Beniušis, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis, Ramūnas Karbauskis
Politics

Security institutions urged to react following LRT investigation, S. Skvernelis sees no issue

That the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union is backed by the shareholders of various companies is a circumvention of the law, which not only the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) should take interest in, but also security institutions, Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats Seimas group member Gintarė Skaistė told LRT Radio, lrt.lt writes. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis sees no issue: “We live in a country under the rule of law. None of the companies have been sentenced or have been compromised. The party itself will decide, what donations to accept or not accept, whether you want it or not.” […]

Arvydas Vaitkus
Politics

Social Democrats appeal to STT over business financial support for “Farmer” candidate

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has appealed to the Special Investigation Service (STT) with a request to evaluate whether financial support from Klaipėda business to Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) candidate to Klaipėda mayor, Arvydas Vaitkus is not a case of open political corruption, a statement sent to lrt.lrt reads. […]

Presidential candidates
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These presidential elections will be different: intrigue awaits

The nearing presidential elections will be rather different to the past two. In 2009, there was a clear leader and a second round wasn’t even needed, while in 2014 a second round did happen, but there was very little intrigue, lrt.lt writes. This time, however, things will be interesting – it will definitely be a new politician, who will arrive in Daukantas Square. Will this bring about greater voter turnout? […]

Agrokocnernas headquarters
Society

Agrokoncernas responds to LRT investigation

In response to LRT information on the situation over “Farmer” leader Ramūnas KarbauskisAgrokoncernas‘ import of fertiliser, the company published a press release on Monday. It states that supposedly “there are attempts to draw the company into political games.” According to the company, state institutions, lacking real answers regarding EU sanctions, are transferring responsibility to businesses, lrt.lt writes. […]

Algirdas Butkevičius, Juozas Bernatonis
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Social Democrat Labour seek a president: A. Butkevičius mentioned as a potential candidate to his own surprise

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party could back the presidential bid of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis if he chose to run for president, however the party is also considering the candidacies of Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius and former Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, LSDDP member Juozas Bernatonis told lrt.lt. A. Butkevičius himself assures he is only considering participating in the European Parliament elections. […]

No Picture
Politics

Seimas rejects LRT investigation conclusions: unprecedented vote in Seimas

On Thursday, the final vote on the LRT investigation commission’s conclusions was held in Seimas. As Remigijus Žemaitaitis, who chaired the sitting, noted – this vote was unprecedented. Amendments proposed by Aušrinė Armonaitė and the conclusions‘ first article were approved, but the vote on the second article did not pass. When voting on the full conclusions project, the Seimas also did not approve it, lrt.lt writes. […]