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Political crisis in Lithuania is on our doorstep

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Lithuanian Market and Opinion Research Centre "Vilmorus Ltd." carried out a public opinion poll in order to rank politicians' competence and their public support.

The results demonstrate very low level of population support for government in October.

Here are some examples.

As of October, only 53.9 percent of the respondents evaluate President Gitanas NausÄ""da positively. 24.9 percent of the respondents evaluate the president negatively and 21.2 percent of the respondents are undecided.

35.9% of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Ä'milytÄ""-Nielsen. She was supported by 38.4% of respondents (40.3% in September).

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anu... auskas is rated negatively by 30.8% of respondents.

According to the poll, the most unfavorable reiting disposed towards the Minister of Economy and Innovation, the leader of the Freedom Party, Ausrine ArmonaitÄ"". 61.8% of respondents assess it negatively.

As for Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, more than 60 percent of respondents do not support him.

Ar... nas Dulkys, Minister for Health of Lithuania has support of only 23.4 % of respondents.

These figures are the direct consequences of the politicians' inability to perform their primary functions and even involvement of state officials in corruption.

Every fifth (19 percent) resident who visited health care institutions confessed to giving a bribe, and every fourth (25 percent) used personal connections at least once. Based on levels of bribery in the healthcare system, Lithuania still remains one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union (EU), the newest "Transparency International" Global Corruption Barometer 2021 reveals.

According to LRT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture were exposed to corruption suspicions after purchasing expensive furniture from sellers who belong to the same parties as the ministers.

A furniture set for 23 000 euros, a minister's office refurbishment for 11 000 euros - these are sums from contracts of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry and the Lithuanian Culture Ministry, respectively, signed with members the parties the heads of these ministries happen to represent, according to Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and journalists Edvardas ... pokas and J... ratÄ"" AnilionytÄ"". In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only gave vague explanations.

Sergejus Muravjovas, head of Transparency International Lithuania, said that when organising public tenders, institutions should avoid even the appearance of corruption.  Favouritism towards fellow party members is one of the most common forms of corruption in Lithuania. Muravjovas added.

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