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The Liberals Movement of the Republic of Lithuania[4][5][6][7] (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis), abbreviated to LRLS, is a conservative-liberal[2] political party in Lithuania, the fourth most successful political party in 2016 parliamentary election.[8]

Liberals Movement of the Republic of Lithuania

Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis
AbbreviationLRLS
ChairmanEugenijus Gentvilas
First Vice ChairmanVitalijus Gailius
Vice ChairpeopleViktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen
Edita Rudelienė
Simonas Kairys
Ričardas Juška
Executive SecretaryDainius Petravičius
Founded25 February 2006 (2006-02-25)
Split fromLiberal and Centre Union
HeadquartersVašingtono a. 1, Vilnius
Membership7,722 (1 October 2018 (2018-10-01))[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 groupRenew Europe
ColoursOrange
Seimas
10 / 141
European Parliament
1 / 11
Municipal councils
217 / 1,473
Mayors
8 / 60
Website
www.liberalai.lt

HistoryEdit

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 the party's leader Eligijus Masiulis allegedly took a bribe of 106,000 euros, Antanas Guoga temporarily took his position on May 13, 2016.[9] He was the chairman for four days only before resigning. Today the chairman of the party is the long-term member of Seimas Eugenijus Gentvilas who won the leadership elections by one vote on December 8, 2017.[10]

The corruption case of Eligijus Masiulis is still ongoing. He claims that the money was a loan he received from a local businessman.[11] The party has denied any connection to the seized money.

Members of the European ParliamentEdit

Parliamentarian Occupation From
Petras Auštrevičius Diplomat 2014

Members of Seimas[12]Edit

Parliamentarian Previous mandate Current mandate from Constituency
Virgilijus Alekna - 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 Vaičekauskas - 2016 Pajūrio (Klaipėda)
Jonas Varkalys - 2016 Plungė

Mayors[13]Edit

Vice-mayors[13]Edit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Ministry of Justice (Lithuania) (1 October 2018). "Lietuvos Respublikos politinių partijų sąrašas" (PDF). Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Slomp, Hans (26 September 2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 536. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8.
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Lithuania". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  4. ^ a b The New York Times (27 October 2008). "Center-Right to Form Lithuanian Coalition". Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b Adomaitis, Nerijus (26 October 2008). "Lithuanian 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. ^ The Economist (11 March 2009). "Lithuania: Political Structure". Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  8. ^ BNS (30 October 2016). "VRK officialiai patvirtino Seimo rinkimų rezultatus". Delfi. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  9. ^ Antanavičius, Ugnius (13 May 2016). "Pokerio žaidėjas, tapęs liberalų vedliu: įdomiausi A.Guogos biografijos faktai". 15min.lt. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ Želnienė, Liepa (9 December 2017). "Liberalų sąjūdžio pirmininku vieno balso persvara išrinktas E.Gentvilas". 15min.lt. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  11. ^ Noreika, Matas (18 April 2018). "Eligijus Masiulis: aš grąžinau Raimondui Kurlianskiui paskolą". Verslo žinios. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  12. ^ "Liberals Movement Political Group". Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Merai ir vicemerai". Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis. Retrieved 2019-01-19.

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