Peasant Union

The Peasant Union (Lithuanian: Valstiečių sąjunga, VS) was a political party in Lithuania.

HistoryEdit

The party was formed by younger members of the Lithuanian Democratic Party following the Revolution of 1905.[1] When the LDP was finally dissolved in 1920, its remaining members joined the Peasant Union or the Lithuanian Popular Socialist Democratic Party (LSLDP), a 1917 breakaway.[2] In the 1920 elections the party won 19 seats, becoming the third largest party in the First Seimas.[3] It formed a government alongside the Christian Democratic Bloc,[4] an alliance of the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party, the Labour Federation and the Farmers' Association.

The 1922 elections saw the party win 14 seats, finishing second to the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party. Shortly after the 1922 elections, on 24 November, the VS merged with the LSLDP to form the Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p. 481 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  2. ^ a b McHale, p. 482
  3. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p. 1218 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  4. ^ McHale, p. 487