Lithuania’s Minister of Finance survives vote of non-confidence

May 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm 3 comments

As the BNS reported Lithuania’s Parliament has failed to topple Finance Minister Algirdas Semeta on 19 May.

The Seimas did not pass a draft decision on disapproval of Semeta’s answers to the questions put forward by the initiators of interpellation and on the minister’s removal from office. Opposition MPs, including the Social Democrats, the Labour and Order and Justice parties, only took part in the secret ballot.

A total of 56 MPs, including three members of the National Resurrection Party (TPP), which is part of the ruling coalition, cast their votes the BNS writes.

Arturas Zuokas, the elder of Liberal and Centre parliamentary group, told BNS that the group’s members had not taken part in the ballot. “The stability of the government is more important than the removal of one minister from office,” he said to BNS.

The members of parliamentary groups representing other ruling coalition parties also refused to take part in the ballot, with the exception of three abovementioned TPP MPs.

As the BNS pointed out at least 71 MPs had to take part in the ballot for the abovementioned draft decision to be passed.

Non-confidence against the minister was initiated by Social Democrats and supported by other opposition parties.

However, the Minister is going to face another challenge, since the president-elects Ms Grybauskaite voiced her criticism over some of the mistakes made by the ministry.  Ms Grybauskaite stated that the Minister of Finance, also the Ministers of the Social Affairs, Energy, Economy and Health should correct their mistakes as soon as possible.  Otherwise those Ministers will be in trouble.

Ms Grybauskaite will be sworn as President of Lithuania on 12 July.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • […] idea send to Brussels the acting Finance Minister Semeta.  The minister who just today survived a vote of non-confidence in the Parliament said that he did not have time to think about it.  The Member of the European […]

  • 2. varske  |  May 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    God. The Minister for Energy hasn’t had so much time to make mistakes yet, has he?

    • 3. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  May 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

      I aggree, but perhaps Ms Grybauskaite meant the he is not acting fast enough!


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