After submitting his resignation in protest of the new tax reform, Finance Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has placed himself in the center of political controversy in Lithuania. For the government's detractors, his sudden exodus is evidence of a wider vulnerability that will soon sink the entire Cabinet. Reforming the tax system is proving to be a task that illustrates the contradictions in the five-month old coalition. For his part, Butkevicius, a social democrat, refused to assume responsibility for the ensuing tax reform, including a new solidarity tax on businesses. The Baltic Times rece...
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