Lithuanian President: Defence minister must step down

Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas must step down because of the scandal over the army's overpriced purchases that discredits not only the national defence system, but also the state and the Social Democratic Party, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.
Juozas Olekas
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