January 17, 2019 / 1:37 PM / a year ago

Lithuania PM says to run for presidency in May

FILE PHOTO - Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis speaks during the commemoration of victims and award ceremony of the Righteous Among the Nations at the Paneriai Memorial in Vilnius, Lithuania August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he would run for the country’s presidency in an election due in May, but would not resign from his current post unless he is successful.

Lithuania’s president has a semi-executive role with a say in the appointment of key officials such as judges, the chief prosecutor and head of central bank. The president can veto laws and, in tandem with the government, sets foreign and security policy.

Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Editing by Gareth Jones

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