A new political group in the Lithuanian parliament was announced during a plenary sitting on Thursday.
The group, named ‘For the Wellbeing of Lithuania’, will be led by Vytautas Kamblevičius, formerly a member of the Order and Justice party and the head of its political group in the Lithuanian parliament.
The new group has seven members. In addition to Kamblevičius and other former Order and Justice members Ona Valiukevičiūtė, Algimantas Dumbrava, Juozas Imbrasas and Kęstutis Bartkevičius, the group includes former prime minister Algirdas Butkevičius, who has yet to announce his departure from the Social Democratic Labour Party's group, and Rimas Andrikis who left the Order and Justice party earlier.
The Statute of the Seimas allows forming a political group by no fewer than seven members.
This will be the seventh political group in the Lithuanian parliament.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has invited the new group to join the ruling coalition.
The current ruling coalition agreement was signed in July by the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the Social Democratic Labour Party, the Order and Justice party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance.
The Order and Justice group, which had seven members, collapsed this week when four of them decided to leave.