Julius Pagojus, a member of the ruling Lithuanian Social Democratic Party who has come under criticism for drunk driving and attempts to avoid penalty, has announced plans to step down from the post of director of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority and suspend his LSDP membership.
Julius Pagojus
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"I made the decision in light of the current situation, which prevents me from due performance of my duties in the position and can paralyze the work of the entire institution," Pagojus said in a press release issued on Monday morning.

Last week, the country's president had given a go-ahead to Pagojus' nomination for justice minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister-Designate Saulius Skvernelis. After the media revealed his conviction for drunk driving, the Social Democratic Party's candidate withdrew his designation to the new coalition government of the Social Democratic Party and the Peasant and Green Union.

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