2019.05.27 07:51

Šimonytė looks to be conservatives' PM candidate in next year's elections

BNS2019.05.27 07:51

MP Ingrida Šimonytė, who lost the presidential runoff on Sunday, may lead Lithuania's government after the 2020 general elections, according to the leader of the biggest opposition party that nominated her for the presidency.

Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, said on Sunday night he would invite Šimonytė to lead the conservative party's list in next year's parliamentary elections and to head the Cabinet if the party does well in the polls.

"Appreciating the growing confidence placed in Šimonytė, I'll invite Ingrida to lead the Homeland Union's list in 2020 and, if she agrees, to form the next government," he told BNS on Sunday night.

According to Landsbergis, Šimonytė, who made it to the presidential runoff, showed her ability to rally people behind her as she received one third more votes than the party did in the past parliamentary elections.

Lithuania should hold the next general elections in October 2020.

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