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Skirmantas Malinauskas is stepping down as an adviser to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.
Skirmantas Malinauskas
Skirmantas Malinauskas
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Malinauskas told reporters on Thursday he decided to resign following a row with Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga who asked Skvernelis to remove his adviser from the government's communication group on the coronavirus situation.

"The minister informed me and said he had informed the prime minister, too, that I was being dismissed and that he wanted someone else to head the public information group," the advisor said. "I understand that it is up to (Veryga) as the head of the coordination group to take such decisions."

"I regard this as distrust and I am stepping down as the prime minister's adviser, too," he added.

Veryga, who heads the State Emergency Operations Center set up last week to deal with the coronavirus threat, says he has asked Skvernelis to remove Malinauskas as head of the coronavirus information team because the adviser failed to coordinate communication with the health minister.

“Communication has to be coordinated with the head of the emergency operations, but it was not coordinated with me, which means that I could not properly respond to certain public messages that were released without my knowledge," he said.

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