Following inauguration of Lithuania's re-elected President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Saturday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has returned the government's mandate.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The president signed a decree, appointing the government to act as temporary caretaker.

It is already clear that the new government will lose three ministers – Health Minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, who is to become a member of the European Commission, Environment Minister Valentinas Mazuronis, who has been elected to the European Parliament, and Agriculture Minister Vigilijus Jukna, who resigned earlier this week.

Furthermore, under an agreement of the political council of the ruling coalition, all vice-ministers resigned by Friday, with the exception of Energy Vice-Minister Renata Cytacka. She and seven other vice-ministers probably won't be invited to rejoin the government, while all others should be invited back.

The post of agriculture minister should be filled by Labour MP Virginija Baltraitienė, Economy Vice-Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas of the Order and Justice Party should be appointed as environment minister, while the replacement of Andriukaitis is yet to be announced.

Under the Constitution, the government is to return its mandate to a newly-elected president who should present a nomination for prime minister to parliament within 15 days to the parliament.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Aviation bomb found and defused in Vilnius

An aviation bomb was found and later neutralized in the Zverynas area of Vilnius on Thursday night.

President pardons 2 Russian spies opening the way for swap with Moscow

President Gitanas Nauseda has granted pardons to two Russian citizens jailed in Lithuania for...

Skusevicius appointed ambassador to Canada

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Darius Skusevicius...

MPs reject President Nauseda's second veto

The Lithuanian parliament overrode on Thursday a presidential veto on its decision to add two road...

Ambassadors to NATO and Russia recalled

President Gitanas Nauseda recalled on Wednesday Lithuania's ambassadors to Russia, NATO and UNESCO...