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Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius sees a good chance of reaching a deal with the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) on a new ruling coalition, but says that he is worried about the winning party's pre-election proposals that would boost next year's budget deficit if implemented.
Algirdas Butkevičius, Ramūnas Karbauskis, Saulius Skvernelis
Algirdas Butkevičius, Ramūnas Karbauskis, Saulius Skvernelis
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"It's more likely than not that we'll agree," Butkevičius, chairman of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), said on Thursday.

"A potentially contentious aspect is whether we have the same understanding of how next year's budget is planned and adopted, given the promises made by the LPGU. If some of these promises start to be fulfilled next year, some of them would require huge financial resources," he said.

In Butkevičius' words, the Social Democrats will place a high priority on maintaining fiscal discipline and they want the LPGU to clearly state their position on this issue.

The LPGU, which will be the largest party in the next Seimas after winning 56 seats in last month's parliamentary elections, last Monday formally started talks with the LDSP, which will hold 17 seats, over a new coalition government.

The conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, which came in second in the elections with 31seats, said on Wednesday that they remained opened to coalition talks.

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