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Published: 5 february 2021 01:38

Matas Baltrukevičius. Labour Party at a political impasse

Matas Baltrukevičius
Vygaudo Juozaičio nuotr. / Matas Baltrukevičius

In the 2020 Seimas elections, the Labour Party (LP) took the third place and got as much as 9.43% of the vote. Even though the second round in the single-member districts was not as successful, and the LP was given 10 positions in the Seimas, becoming the smallest fraction, the trust placed in them by 110,000 citizens means that, compared to 2016, when 60,000 of voters supported it, almost twice as many people voted for the LP.

Translated by MP Translations Agency in Kaunas.

Having made use of the tensions between the ruling coalition and the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), the Labour Party was the first to receive the position of the vice prime minister of the Seimas. However, now the talks about the LP are much darker indeed, for its leader Viktor Uspaskich has been engaged in the sale of “miraculous water” and has been removed from Renew Europe (a liberal political group of the European Parliament) due to his homophobic speeches.

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