2020.01.20 10:22

Former presidential candidate Juozaitis takes helm of ‘pensioners' party’

Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė, BNS2020.01.20 10:22

Former presidential candidate Arvydas Juozaitis has been elected chairman of the Union of Generational Solidarity-Joint Action for Lithuania, formerly known as the Pensioners' Party.

The organisation has some 3,000 members, and Juozaitis' own movement has around 1,000 people.

“We hope to have some 20-30 parliament members [after this year's election], and we want to do real politics and not just play with words,” Juozaitis told BNS before the convention on Saturday.

Speaking of ideas the party plans to propose, Juozaitis mentioned a plan to establish a Senate to stop what he called “a poisonous torrent of laws”, referring to a large amount of legislation adopted by the parliament every year.

The party also intends to focus on family and regional policies and claims it will aim at reviving small and medium businesses.

Juozaitis had planned to establish a new party, but failed assemble the necessary number of founding members, at least 2,000.

Last year, Juozaitis came in fifth in the presidential election with 4.69 percent of the vote.

An independent candidate, he combined in his platform left-wing economic policies with nationalist rhetoric, railing against globalisation, “eurofederalism” and political correctness.