Conservatives want Azubalis to head foreign ministry

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    Lithuania's Conservative Party, formally known as Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, have designated a candidate for the vacant position of foreign minister.

    The party, which leads a four-way governing coalition, approved the resignation of Vygaudas Usackas, their representative in the post, and have delegated Audronius Azubalis, the current head of the Seimas‘ foreign affairs committee.

    "The party has considered and agreed to the letter of resignation of Vygaudas Usackas and, coordinating it with the president, we will sugest a candidacy of A.Azubalis," party leader and Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius told journalists Monday evening.

    "He has the experience, is the chairman of the committee of foreign affairs and has been working in this particular field for a decade already," Kubilius said.

    He also confirmed that Azubalis was the only candidate considered on Monday.

    Kubilius said President Dalia Grybauskaite has been informed of Azubalis‘s candidacy, but so far she has not commented publicly on the matter. Azubalis has also not made any public comments.

    Usackas resigned last Thursday in the wake of an apparent falling out with Grybauskaite.
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