Lithuania’s ruling party wants Skvernelis to continue as Prime Minister

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Saulius Skvernelis, the Lithuanian head of government, who failed to reach the runoff in the Lithuanian Presidential election and had pledged to step down from office, has received the support of his Union of Farmers and Greens in a confidence vote.

Lithuanian news portal Delfi.lt reported that on Tuesday, May 14, all 46 Seimas members representing the Lithuanian Union of Farmers and Greens expressed their support of Skvernelis as the head of the government.

The vote have been asked for by Skvernelis himself after he failed to reach his declared goal to come at least second in the Lithuanian election held on Sunday, May 12.

Reportedly, the first round of the presidential election was won by former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, followed by economist Gitanas Nausėda.

Neither of the candidates received over 50% of votes, therefore the next Lithuanian President will be selected in the second round of voting on May 26.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis came third with 19,72% of votes. Subsequently, the said he would resign as Prime Minister on July 12.

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