Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign affairs is facing dismissal

January 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm 1 comment

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister, a career diplomat Vygaudas Ušackas will loose his post sooner than anticipated.  According to the Lietuvos rytas daily sources, the Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has run out of options of defending the Minister.

This becomes apparent after President Dalia Grybauskaitė has publicly stated that on 13 January that she has never backed Mr Ušackas.  When asked if the President could continue her work with the Minister Grybauskaitė said, “I have never publicly said he had my support”.

Previously, Grybauskaitė accused the minister of failing to respond to her signals.  According to the Lietuvos rytas’ sources the straw that broke the camel’s back was after Ušackas publicly doubted if it was sensible to invite Belarusian President to Vilnius to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence on 11 March this year.  Grybauskaitė, on the other hand, on 13 January publicly stated that she is planning to “invite all presidents of Europe and presidents of neighbouring states” assuming that amongst those is the Belarusian President.

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  • 1. Vidas  |  January 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Sveiki ! Usackas’ position as FM has been tentative for some time. Recall that he was considered as a possible candidate for President and is still a possible future political opponent. With that – I doubt he’d ever reach a position of trust with the President.

    As for the conservatives, Usackas’ moderating position in regards to Lithuanias relations with Russia wouldnt put him in good standing with Degutiene or any of the core conservatives in TS. Usackas was chosen initially as a compromise FM given that the TS candidate, Azubalis, wasnt supported by some key political leaders. I expect Grybauskaite will ultimately get her way and Usackas will return to the diplomatic world. Will she like Azubalis any better ? Not sure about that.

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