• July 12, 2019
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Liekis and Valatka about AWPL-ZChR in the coalition: Tomaszewski did not even mention Polish postulates

Political scientist and historian Šarūnas Liekis as well as journalist Rimvydas Valatka think that AWPL-ZChR does not mention the so-called Polish demands on purpose, because their solution is not what they wanted. However, it is possible that the case will return to the mobilization of the electorate at the end of the term.

Last Friday, a coalition agreement was signed between the Peasants and Greens Association, the Social Democratic Labor Party, the Order and Justice party, and AWPL-ZChR. As regards national minorities, the writing contains only an enigmatic opinion that the coalition undertakes to “implement the assumptions of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities”. For years, matters concerning the original spelling of names, bilingual inscriptions or return of land have not been resolved in Lithuania. The Polish minority has also been protesting for years against the unified Lithuanian language exam.

Liekys: This will be needed to mobilize the electorate

“So far AWPL-ZchR has not made any demands regarding the Polish minority, so at this point, I am skeptical about their solution,” says zw.lt Šarūnas Liekis, dean of the Department of Political Science at the Grand University of Kaunas.

Liekis does not exclude the possibility of demands which are likely to appear closer to the end of the term. “It will be needed to mobilize the electorate, because if all problems are solved, then what will be the point of voting for them?” – asks the rhetorologist and historian.

The dean of the Kaunas university emphasizes that the current coalition will have too little time to do anything at all. This also applies to AWPL-ZChR, which, however, will try to settle some small matters to prove itself before the parliamentary elections.

Valatka: I would put specific things in the coalition agreement

Rimvydas Valatka is of a similar opinion. “As far as I know, Tomaszewski did not even mention these matters. He does not like the possible outcome of it. If I were him, I would include specific issues in the coalition agreement: names, bilingual inscriptions and so on. Tomaszewski understands that after solving these matters, he will not be simply needed, “said a journalist in an interview with zw.

The publicist does not exclude the scenario that AWPL-ZChR will not join the coalition at all. “Gitanas Nausėda said ministers in key positions must stay. These include: defense, home affairs and finance. The Ministry of the Interior got to Tomaszewski’s party. So if the new president keeps his position, then Tomaszewski will simply leave “- suggested the journalist.

Valatka is not convinced whether the AWPL-ZChR had prepared a project concerning Polish demands, so he would have found any support among the coalition partners. “Looking at mammoths like Eugenijus Jovaiša, I have my doubts. Rather, such a project would be supported by the Social Democratic Labor Party, however when it comes to “peasants” it would all depend on Karbauskis, “says journalist and journalist.

Translated by Patrycja Polanowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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