A group of Lithuanian MPs, most of them former members of the Farmers and Greens Union, have announced plans to set up a new political party. Headed by former prime minister Saulius Skvernelis, the new group calls itself Democratic Party For Lithuania.
On Monday, the group circulated an invitation to join the party which, according to Skvernelis, will be a centre-left political force with “state management experience and capable of taking responsibility for the country's present and future”.
The invitation was signed by 13 MPs: Skvernelis, Vytautas Bakas, Rima Baškienė, Algirdas Butkevičius, Domas Griškevičius, Linas Kukuraitis, Ruta Miliute, Laima Mogeniene, Laima Nagiene, Lukas Savickas, Algirdas Stoncaitis, Zenonas Streikus ir Tomas Tomilinas.
“We have only recently established ourselves as a new group in the parliament, but we already feel people's support and we have received a lot of letters from urban and regional representatives who see the existing complicated situation in Lithuania and want to join us for common effort. We see the party format as a possibility for everyone to pool a wide circle of like-minded people,” Skvernelis was quoted in the group's statement.
Skvernelis served as prime minister in the 2016–2020 government led by the Farmers and Greens Union. Recently, he has left the party's parliamentary group over disagreements with its leader, agriculture businessman Ramūnas Karbauskis.
In Lithuania, at least 2,000 founding members are needed to establish a political party.