Liberal Movement (Lithuania)

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Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania
Leader Remigijus Šimašius
Founded February 25, 2006 (2006-02-25)
Split from Liberal and Centre Union
Headquarters 9/1 J. Tumo–Vaižganto g., Vilnius
Membership ~6,000 (the end of 2015)[1]
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Political position Centre-right[citation needed]
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Orange
11 / 141
European Parliament
2 / 11
Municipal councils
217 / 1,473

The Liberal Movement[2][3][4][5] (Lithuanian: Liberalų Sąjūdis), formally the Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis) and abbreviated to LRLS, is a conservative-liberal[6] political party in Lithuania.

Following the October 2012 General Election, the Liberal Movement has ten members of the Seimas. It previously participated in a governing coalition, along with the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and Liberal and Centre Union. It has two MEPs in the European Parliament, Leonidas Donskis and Antanas Guoga, who sit in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group. The LRLS is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party.


The party was founded in 2006 by dissident members of the Liberal and Centre Union that were unhappy with Artūras Zuokas's leadership.

In the legislative elections of 2008, the first elections LRLS has ever taken part in, it gained 11 seats in the Seimas and 5.72 percent of the national vote. The LRLS formed a coalition with the Homeland Union, the Liberal and Centre Union, and the National Resurrection Party. This coalition gained a combined governmental majority of 80 out of 141 seats in the Seimas, led by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius of the Homeland Union. At the subsequent elections of 2012, the party lost one seat to finish with 10 seats in the Seimas and 8.57 percent of the national vote.

After party's leader Eligijus Masiulis allegedly took a bribe of 100,000 euro, Antanas Guoga took his position. But he was the chairman for 4 days only, and has resigned. The mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, is the current chairman of the party.

Members of the parliament[edit]

Parliamentarian Since Constituency
Viktorija Čmilytė 2015 Multi-member Constituency
Vitalijus Gailius 2012 Pakruojis-Joniškis
Eugenijus Gentvilas 2012 Multi-member Constituency
Kęstutis Glaveckas 1990 Multi-member Constituency
Šarūnas Gustainis 2015 Žirmūnai Constituency, Vilnius
Dalia Kuodytė 2008 Multi-member Constituency
Arminas Lydeka 2000 Multi-member Constituency
Eligijus Masiulis 2000 Marių Constituency, Klaipėda
Andrius Mazuronis 2008 Multi-member Constituency
Gintaras Steponavičius 2000 Multi-member Constituency
Dalia Teišerskytė 2009 Multi-member Constituency

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daugiausiai nario mokesčio surinko socdemai - 643 tūkst. Lt
  2. ^ "Center-right to form Lithuanian coalition". The New York Times. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Adomaitis, Nerijus (26 October 2008). "Lithuania centre right wins vote as slowdown looms". Reuters. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Seputyte, Milda (26 October 2008). "Lithuanian Homeland Union Secures Victory in Election Run-Off". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lithuania: Political structure". The Economist. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Hans Slomp (26 September 2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics [2 volumes]: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. pp. 536–. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8. 

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