2019.11.26 15:00

New political group unites Lithuania's former acting president and Vilnius' ex-mayor

BNS 2019.11.26 15:00

The Order and Justice Party, the Lithuanian Freedom Union and the Forward Lithuania movement on Tuesday signed an agreement to jointly run in next year's parliamentary elections. 

The Order and Justice Party saw its group in the parliament collapse in October, which meant they were kicked out from the ruling coalition. In September, all of the party's MPs except the group's leader set up a new parliamentary group, For Lithuania's Welfare.

The Lithuanian Freedom Union is led by Vilnius' former mayor, Arūnas Zuokas, and currently has no MPs in the Seimas. Meanwhile, Forward Lithuania is a fringe political movement led by Artūras Paulauskas, a former acting president following Rolandas Paksas' impeachment in 2004.

Under the agreement, signed by their leaders, Remigijus Žemaitaitis, Artūras Zuokas and Artūras Paulauskas, the organisations will also seek to create a single political force.

"The time has come [for us] to unite," Paulauskas said at a news conference.

Lithuania will hold its next parliamentary elections in October 2020.