Lithuania's PM doesn't rule out resignation

  • 2007-04-06
  • By TBT staff
Following days of dramatic moves by Lithuania's lawmakers during which ruling Social Democrat Party started talks about disbanding Parliament, Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas has said he does not rule out the possibility of his own resignation.

"If there will be need, we will do it," Kirkilas told Ziniu Radijas news radio on April 5. He said he is not fastened to the post, and if the political situation demands it, he can withdraw.

In the prime minister's words, the initiative of the Social Democrats to dismiss Parliament forced every party to evaluate its activities.

"Politicians act very irresponsibly in Parliament. This is why trust in the Parliament is that low. Who can trust a parliament that cannot pass the agenda for half of a working day, which spends more than half of its time not for deliberation of projects but for formation of different commissions, endless disputes," Kirkilas said.

The prime minister was referring to the March 29 meeting of Parliament, during which lawmakers spent half the day in deadlock over the meeting's agenda, which threatened to delay a scheduled speech by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The minority government headed by Kirkilas has so far only been able to function because of its support by oppositional Conservatives.

But on Monday the presidium of the ruling Social Democratic Party decided to turn down the opposition Conservatives' support and called for early elections. Parliament voted down the call on Tuesday.