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Lithuania's incoming government of Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis, whose line-up is dominated by ministers who are not members of any political party, may face risks due to instability, political scientists said.
Saulius Skvernelis
Saulius Skvernelis
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"I see risks due to the government's instability. There is a possibility that the Seimas will very strictly follow the government's program and will restrict ministers' policy-making powers, which will tie their hands and may cause tensions, because these ministers have no political weight in the Seimas," Vitalis Nakrošis, a lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University," told BNS.

First and foremost, tensions may arise in areas where the provisions of the government's program will differ from the views of ministers, Nakrošis said.

He thinks, however, that the proposed Cabinet line-up will be more competent than the outgoing government.

Vincentas Vobolevičius, a lecturer at ISM University of Management and Economics, says that a non-party government has an advantage in that it may be more resistant to political pressure.

"An advantage is that it is more difficult to put pressure on a person who is not a party member to engage in activities outside his or her job responsibilities. Ministers were often requested to help their party win an election," Vobolevičius told BNS.

"For example, an education minister is asked to work with teachers, particularly in areas outside of major cities, to encourage them to join the party and campaign for it. It will be more difficult to force non-party ministers to do so," he said.

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