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Lithuanian ruling party yet to decide on candidates in presidential election
Last Updated: 2018-08-08 07:32 | Xinhua
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Lithuania's ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LZVS) has not decided whether it would nominate one or "a few" candidates for the next presidential election, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday.

"When the right moment comes, corresponding political decisions will be made. Possibly more than one candidate will be nominated," Skvernelis said in an interview with local radio broadcaster LRT Radijas.

"I don't think the decision will be made before early 2019," he added.

Lithuania's presidential elections will take place in May 2019 and will produce a new one to replace the incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Prime Minister Skvernelis is mentioned by local political experts as one of most likely candidates from the ruling LZVS union.

Skvernelis eluded the question whether he personally wished to participate in the election.

"You can wish many things but it often happens that these wishes don't come true," the head of Lithuanian government was quoted as saying by LRT Radijas.

He said Lithuania's government is currently facing "many challenges" as regards implementing decisions newly-adopted by the country's parliament.

"If anyone at the cabinet would start to think about the election, it would undoubtedly have some effect on the work quality," Skvernelis noted.

Meanwhile, leader of LZVS Ramunas Karbauskis said in a separate interview on Tuesday that Skvernelis would be the ruling party's "best candidate" for the next year's election if Skvernelis agrees to participate.

"His leadership is obvious, his government is working successfully. He is seen by the society as a person who could lead the state," Karbauskis was quoted as saying by local media.

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