Parliament Speaker and Party Leader Advocate for Constructive Cooperation
Ingrida Šimonytė’s cabinet in Lithuania faces the possibility of stepping down, but the ruling centre-right coalition is set to remain intact, according to statements made by key political figures. Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, the parliament speaker and leader of the Liberal Movement, expressed her support for the continuation of the coalition during a press conference held on Thursday.
Liberal Movement’s Political Group Seeks to Preserve Coalition Partnership
Speaking both as the speaker of the Seimas and as chairwoman of the Liberal Movement, Čmilytė-Nielsen emphasized the importance of constructive cooperation within the coalition. She stated, “We should continue to work together in this coalition, and I will certainly propose this to my colleagues in the party and the coalition.” Her stance reflects the commitment to political stability and effective governance, even amidst a potential cabinet reshuffle.
The Liberal Movement’s political group in the Seimas also voiced their intentions to preserve the existing coalition. The group announced their desire to maintain relations with their larger coalition partner, the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD). Eugenijus Gentvilas, the head of the Liberal Movement’s group, stressed the need to distinguish between individual personalities and the collective interest of the ruling parties. In a statement, he said, “Although recent political turmoil has intensified, let us separate individual personalities from the communities of the ruling parties. We still have a working coalition with TS-LKD, and we hope to maintain it.”
The commitment to maintaining the coalition partnership amid the current political climate highlights the parties’ dedication to stability and continuity. Despite the potential for changes in the cabinet, the Liberal Movement and TS-LKD recognize the importance of working together for the benefit of Lithuania and its citizens.