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Government reshuffle without real reason raises many questions, Lithuanian president says

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says she sees no "real reasons" for reshuffling the government.  

"The government reshuffle without real reasons for it raises a lot of questions to me, and, therefore, the prime minister and I are planning to meet early on Wednesday. Things are more or less clear regarding one minister, but I'd like to hear the reasons regarding (two) others," the president told reporters in Lapland on Monday.

Her comment was sent to BNS by her office.  

Grybauskaite underlined that the firing of three ministers would not help solve the problem of pay for teachers, some of whom have been on strike since November 12. 

"You can't solve an existing problem by creating a new one, and perhaps the prime minister should have no illusions," the president said.  

"I believe the prime minister is trying to push his problems on others," she added.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis earlier in the day announced his decision to replace the ministers for education and science, for culture and for environment, saying the move was aimed at giving fresh impetus to reforms carried out by these three ministries.

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