President Dalia Grybauskaitė has accused the parliament of being influenced by interest groups when it voted down two candidates proposed for the post of prosecutor general. Parliament Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says there will not be another vote until all suspicions are cleared.
Dalia Grybauskaitė (left), Loreta Graužinienė
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Graužinienė said during an interview on LRT television that she was unsure if similar accusations would not occur when the president proposed a third candidate for the prosecutor general‘s position. Therefore, until appropriate institutions finish their investigations, she will not include another candidate for discussions in the parliament.

Mrs. Graužinienė said: “I want all the questions answered as soon as possible: Was the parliament influenced when voting on the prosecutor general or not? These are very serious accusations, so these questions cannot be left unanswered.”

After the term of previous Prosecutor General Darius Valys expired last June, Grybauskaitė has nominated two candidates for the post. Both were rejected by parliament, fuelling speculations about a powerplay between the president and some ruling parties. The Prosecutor General's Office has been run since June by Valys's deputy Darius Raulušaitis. According to Lithuania's Constitution, prosecutor general is appointed by the president with parliament's approval.

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