Uspaskich: Muntianas should keep Parliamentary Chairmanship

  • 2006-05-02
VILNIUS 's Parliamentary Chairman Viktoras Muntianas, who recently lost a position in the Labor Party, should remain in his position, party head Viktor Uspaskich said on May 2.

Uspaskich said his party had no plans to replace the Seimas speaker.
"Viktoras Muntianas has declared viewing governmental program tasks as main priorities, which perfectly concurs with our party's stance, so replacing him would be a big mistake in the current situation," Uspaskich said in a press release.
He said he didn't think there would be any threats to the three-party coalition.

"I believe that the coalition is extremely strong now and is capable of working well," he said. "I do not think that Muntianas' removal from the post of (the Labor) party's vice-chairman could have any negative effects on performance of the coalition, especially after he stated beliefs in the government's program. The situation would not change even if he left the Labor Party."
On April 29, Muntianas lost his the Labor Party vice-chairmanship after criticizing Uspaskich publicly.
During the party congress on April 29, Muntianas let it be known that he may withdraw from the party.