Liberal Movement (Lithuania)

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Liberal Movement
Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis
AbbreviationLRLS
ChairmanEugenijus Gentvilas (acting)
Vice ChairpeopleAušrinė Armonaitė
Vitalijus Gailius
Simonas Gentvilas
Simonas Kairys
Edita Rudelienė
Executive SecretaryRenaldas Vaisbrodas
Founded25 February 2006 (2006-02-25)
Split fromLiberal and Centre Union
HeadquartersJ. Tumo–Vaižganto g. 9/1, Vilnius
Membership~6,000 (the end of 2015)[1]
IdeologyClassical liberalism
Conservative liberalism[2]
Liberalism[3]
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right[4][5]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament groupAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
ColoursOrange
Seimas
13 / 141
European Parliament
2 / 11
Municipal councils
217 / 1,473
Mayors
10 / 60
Website
www.liberalai.lt
Remigijus Šimašius, former leader of Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania

The Liberal Movement[4][5][6][7] (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[2] political party in Lithuania, fourth largest in 2016 parliamentary election.[8]

History[edit]

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.[when?] But he was the chairman for 4 days only, and has resigned. The mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, is the former chairman of the party.

The corruption case is ongoing. Eligijus Masiulis claims that the money was a loan.[9]

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Parliamentarian Born Occupation From To
Petras Auštrevičius 1963 Diplomat 2014 (2019)

Current Members of the Seimas[edit]

Parliamentarian From Constituency
Virgilijus Alekna 2016 Nationwide
Aušrinė Armonaitė 2016 Nationwide
Juozas Baublys 2016 Varėna-Trakai
Viktorija Čmilytė 2015 Nationwide
Vitalijus Gailius 2012 Pakruojis-Joniškis
Arūnas Gelūnas 2016 Nationwide
Eugenijus Gentvilas 1990-1992; 2012 Nationwide
Simonas Gentvilas 2016 Nationwide
Kęstutis Glaveckas 1990-1992; 1996 Nationwide
Ričardas Juška 2016 Jurbarkas-Pagėgiai
Jonas Liesys 2008-2012: 2016 Trakai-Vievis
Gintaras Steponavičius 2000 Nationwide
Gintaras Vaičekauskas 2016 Pajūrio (Klaipėda)
Jonas Varkalys 2016 Plungė

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Daugiausiai nario mokesčio surinko socdemai - 643 tūkst. Lt
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Lithuania". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Center-right to form Lithuanian coalition". The New York Times. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b Adomaitis, Nerijus (26 October 2008). "Lithuania centre right wins vote as slowdown looms". Reuters. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  6. ^ Seputyte, Milda (26 October 2008). "Lithuanian Homeland Union Secures Victory in Election Run-Off". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Lithuania: Political structure". The Economist. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/vrk-oficialiai-patvirtino-seimo-rinkimu-rezultatus.d?id=72720452
  9. ^ https://www.vz.lt/verslo-aplinka/2018/04/18/eligijus-masiulis-as-grazinau-raimondui-kurlianskiui-paskola

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