President Adamkus sees new faces in Seimas and Govt as positive thing

President Valdas Adamkus casting his vote at the Seimas elections in 2016
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

“The positive thing is that there is a change. Everywhere in life, one sometimes gets tired of staying (in one place) for too long, and insufficient attention is paid to problems that people are facing,” he told reporters.

Adamkus, who served two terms as Lithuania’s president, thinks that it is not important what parties will form the next ruling coalition as long as the new government lives up to people’ expectations.

“It seems to me that what is the most important is that the government is formed wisely. I don’t even dare to guess who the new driving force will be. My only concern is that this government really represents people’s hopes and that this is not an allocation (of posts) among parties based on their own interests,” he said.

Adamkus said that the results of this month’s parliamentary elections have revealed that voters want to see young people in government.

“A new power (brings about) new hopes, new ideas, and, most importantly, I’m glad that young people are coming. This shows that young people in Lithuania care about politics, the future, the well-being of people,” he said.

The Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), which has only one seat in the outgoing Seimas, won 56 seats in the 141-member parliament. The Homeland Union came in second with 31 seats and the Social Democratic Party, the largest party in the current legislature, finished third with 17 seats.

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