K. Navickas is not worried about possible changes in the Cabinet of Ministers.

Kęstutis Navickas. Gedimino Stanišausko nuotr.

While President Gitanas Nausėda, re-elected for one more term, has been hinting at possible changes in the cabinet of ministers after the Government returned his powers, the Agriculture Minister Kęstutis Navickas has been criticised for being calm. He said his relationship with the country's leader should remain as good as ever.
„I think that the relationship with the President will be as good as ever. It will be working and constructive“, – K. Navickas told Elta, assuring that so far „there has not been any contact with the President's Office“.

However, Navickas stressed that no politician's or especially minister's position is stable. „No politician's position is stable, a minister's even more so, because in many cases we are in the spotlight. Naturally, we will always receive criticism," he said.

The minister also said that he had not yet spoken to the head of government, Ingrida Šimonyte, after the presidential elections. „No, I'm just back from a business trip last night, so I haven't spoken. We will meet tomorrow at the Government," Navickas said. „Let's keep working“, – he said, answering a question about his future prospects.

ELTA recalls that President Nausėda, who won the elections, repeated during the campaign that the composition of the government should change after his re-election. He also mentioned this during the first round of the elections.

G. Nausėda said in April that if Navickas was unable to answer awkward questions put to him, then the Head of State might not confirm him in the government, with the Cabinet of Ministers returning to office after the presidential election.

As the law stipulates, the cabinet returns its powers when the president is elected. The powers are deemed to be returned when the Prime Minister delivers a written declaration to the Head of State. The President, in turn, entrusts it with its duties until new parliamentary mandates are received and a new Cabinet of Ministers is formed.