The health minister of Lithuania said on Wednesday he would resign after his deputy was arrested on bribery charges.
Algis Caplikas decided to quit, the second minister to go in recent weeks, after being criticised for failings in his ministry after his deputy was arrested and charged with taking a 20,000 litas ($7,940) bribe.
"The coalition will consider his (resignation) statement, but the most important thing is to continue reforms of the health system and clean up corruption," Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius told reporters, though he added that he respected Caplikas's decision.
Despite the resignation, Caplikas's Liberal and Centre Union will remain as a junior member of the ruling coalition, which is dominated by Kubilius's Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats party.
Caplikas will be the second minister to step down this year after Vygaudas Usackas resigned as foreign minister after disagreements with President Dalia Grybaukaiste.
ReutersLast Mod: 10 Şubat 2010, 20:25