“After thoroughly considering this proposal, I, nevertheless, have to state that my bid to take part in the 2019 presidential election with an independent election agenda and team would look dubious in the public eye if I based it on the financial and organizational support of one of the political parties,” Nausėda writes in a letter to the TS-LKD chairman, which was also posted on his Facebook account.
Nausėda published the letter soon after TS-LKD MP Ingrida Šimonytė, a former finance minister, said she would announce her decision on whether she would run for president on Monday.
According to Nausėda, “controversial assessments would spark political speculations that would interfere with my goal to represent the people of Lithuania in building a welfare state”.
“Another important presidential goal would also be unachieved, which is to unite citizens with different political views and look for common grounds and solutions. I am honest and open to all voters, therefore, I am choosing the more difficult path of an independent candidate not only declaring but really, consistently and patiently seeking support from people with different views and social statuses,” the former SEB analyst said, motivating his decision.
Lithuania will elect a new president in May.