The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union's revision of its government coalition agreement is primarily aimed at replacing some ministers, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD), the largest opposition party, said on Monday.
Gabrielius Landsbergis
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"I think it all began with a simple wish to get rid of some ministers – (Transport and Communications Minister) Rokas Masiulis following (the sacking of the Klaipeda port's CEO) Arvydas Vaitkus, (and Defense Minister) Raimundas Karoblis," Landsbergis told reporters at the Presidential Palace after meeting with President-elect Gitanas Nauseda.

"It's more about settling scores than searching for a better quality," he added.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said he will reshuffle the Cabinet if he stays in his job after Nauseda is sworn in on July 12.

Following the presidential election, the LFGU, which has the most seats in the Seimas, began talks on a new ruling bloc and signed last week a coalition memorandum with the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDLP) and the Order and Justice. The parties have also invited the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance (EAPL-CFA) to join the coalition.

Under the memorandum, Skvernelis is to keep his job, but the post of the speaker of the Seimas should go to the LSDLP.

Before the launch of the new talks, the LFGU had a coalition agreement with the LSDLP and a cooperation agreement with the Order and Justice's political group in the parliament.

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