Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania

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Democratic Labour Party
Lithuanian name Lietuvos demokratinė darbo partija
Abbreviation LDDP
President Česlovas Juršėnas (2001)
Founder Algirdas Brazauskas
Founded December 1989
Dissolved 2001
Preceded by Communist Party of Lithuania
Merged into Social Democratic Party of Lithuania
Youth wing Lithuanian Labourist Youth Union
Ideology Left-wing

Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos demokratinė darbo partija, LDDP) was a social democratic political party in Lithuania, that emerged from the Lithuanian section of the CPSU in December 1989[1] LDDP was led by Algirdas Brazauskas, the first president of independent Lithuania. Because Brazauskas was elected as the first president, he was required to stop his activities in any parties. Adolfas Šleževičius became the party leader and the Prime Minister. After Šleževičius was charged with corruption, he was replaced by Česlovas Juršėnas.

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The LDDP won the 1992 parliamentary elections, gaining 43% of the vote giving it 73 seats in the Seimas.[2] In 1996 Seimas elections, LDDP got about 9.5% of the votes and won 10 seats in the parliament. In 2000 elections LDDP formed a coalition with other three parties named after Algirdas Brazauskas and won majority of the votes. In 2001, LDDP merged with the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party to form the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos socialdemokratų partija). The youth organization of LDDP was called Lithuanian Labourist Youth Union (Lietuvos leboristų jaunimo unija).

List of presidents[edit]

# Image President Term
1 Algirdas Mykkolas Brazauskas, Litauens statsminster, under det Nordiskt-Baltiska statsministermotet i Reykjavik 2005-10-24.jpg Algirdas Brazauskas 1990 – 1993
2 Adolf Šleževičius 1993 – 1996
3 Česlovas Juršėnas.jpg Česlovas Juršėnas 1996 – 2001

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Algirdas Brazauskas". The Daily Telegraph. London. 27 June 2010. 
  2. ^ 1992 Parliamentary elections Archived 2011-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.