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Lithuanian social democrats finalize the election list

Algirdas Butkevičius (centre)
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Algirdas Butkevičius (centre)
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A conference of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party in Vilnius on Saturday approved the final list of candidates for the 14 October general elections, with the party's leader Algirdas Butkevičius, MEP Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, and MP Juozas Olekas on top of the list.

Other figures in the top-ten include MPs Milda Petrauskienė, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and Birutė Vėsaitė, MEP Zigmantas Balčytis, MP Algirdas Sysas, Vilnius City Council member Juras Požėla, and MP Irena Šiaulienė.

The list continues with MPs Julius Sabatauskas, Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė, Gediminas Kirkilas, Vilnius University rector Benediktas Juodka, Vilnius City Council member Sigita Burbienė, MPs Edvardas Zakaris, outgoing ambassador to Estonia Juozas Bernatonis, ex-MP Giedrė Purvaneckienė, the party's executive secretary Antanas Valys and Lazdijai District Council member Justas Pankauskas.

Ready to work with parties securing highest vote

The party's leader Algirdas Butkevičius says social democrats are up for post-election cooperation with the political forces that secure the highest support of the electorate in the mid-October election.

Butkevičius noted a decision on cooperation with the conservatives was yet to be made, accusing the party of "rude" behavior.

"We will go with the parties that enjoy the highest degree of voter support, we haven't yet made any political decision on cooperation with the conservatives," Butkevičius told journalists during the party's conference in Vilnius on Saturday.

In his words, a good result for the Social Democrats would be having 45 mandates in Lithuania's 141-seat parliament after the elections.

Asked whether a party member who does not win a Seimas mandate could be proposed for prime minister, should the Social Democrats get the right lead the government, Butkevičius replied: "Anything is possible."

In his speech to members of the party, he emphasized that "Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's election list was not a company of random conjectural people that was formed to get into parliament and will later split up."

"There is no secret that the upcoming elections will feature this sort of lists," the Social Democratic Party's leader said, adding that he meant the newly-registered parties.

He said the Social Democratic Party's priorities would include revision of tax tariffs for small and medium-sized businesses, efforts to cut value-added tax (VAT) on vegetables and meat, as well as renovation of buildings with the financial risk assumed by the state.

"We will not jump to any hasty changes in tax policy, we will prepare a set of tax policy changes without increasing the overall tax burden for businesses and citizens. We will propose reducing VAT tariff for vegetables and frozen meat," Butkevičius added.

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