Saulius Skvernelis approved as Prime Minister by Parliament
Lithuania’s parliament has approved the appointment of Saulius Skvernelis as the country’s new Prime Minister.
Skvernelis (46) was the Interior Minister from 2014 to 2016 and prior to that had been Police Commissioner General from 2011 – 2014. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Riga Technical University.
The new prime minister is an Independent but was nominated for the role by the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVŽS) which is the largest party in the 141 seat Seimas with 54 seats. The vote was won with 90 in favour, four against and the remaining members either abstaining or were absent from the chamber.
The appointment comes after the general election which was held on 9th and 23rd October when the Peasants and Greens won an additional 53 seats to 54 seats. The Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP), who had been the largest party, dropped 21 seats to take 17 seats in the new parliament. The Labour Party, which had been in coalition with the Social Democrats, dropped 27 seats to leave them with just two seats.
On 9th November the Peasants and Greens signed an agreement with the Social Democrats to form a new coalition government in which the Social Democrats will get three of the 14 seats in Cabinet.