Vytautas Landsbergis
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Vytautas Landsbergis on committees: local parish parties are creating mini-states

“I hope that Kaunas will not declare independence from Lithuania. But such a trend exists looking more broadly at what is happening in Lithuania. The entrenchment of certain groups, which could call themselves parties, committees, parishes or such. In reality, all those committees are small local parties making political deals, sharing power and opportunities, sometimes they are good, but sometimes – selfish,” professor Vytautas Landsbergis says. In his opinion, the entrenchment of local parties, which create mini-states, is dangerous. […]

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In the last 2 years, number of MPs declaring their meetings with interest groups or lobbyists doubles

In the last 2 years, the number of Lithuanian MPs who declare with which interest groups or lobbyists they meet has doubled. Last year, parliamentarians also announced 1,5 times more meetings than in 2017. These figures are reported in research conducted by Transparency International Lithuania, which includes information from manosusitikimai.lt, official work calendars, and personal websites of the parliamentarians. […]

Rimvydas Valatka
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What should be highlighted after this sleepless night for politicians?

Something special should be said on a morning such as this. Indeed, elections, which are the most important for most, were just held. Firstly, important because mayors and municipal council members are the closest to the people of all the branches of government. And second, these elections will change the owners of many offices, Rimvydas Valatka said on Žinių radijas. […]

Mažvydas Jastramskis, Ieva Petronytė-Urbonavičienė, Ainė Ramonaitė
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Political scientists on election results: there no longer is support for Karbauskis’ claim of winning all elections

On Sunday night, the results of the municipal council and mayor elections emerged. Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI) political scientist and docent Mažvydas Jastramskis spoke that these elections were akin to three exams: an exam of democracy, an exam of the party system and an exam of the government. […]

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Parties take to decisive battle over municipalities: some hope to maintain positions, others aim for records

With little time left to the municipal and direct mayoral elections, political party leaders are pondering, which city and region bastions they will hold on to and where they have chances to break through. The Social Democrats, Liberal Movement and Order and Justice Party remain modest both about increases in their mayors and council members, while the Conservatives and “Farmers”, who remain the most popular parties, believe that they could reach historical victories in the elections, lrt.lt writes. […]

Ramūnas Karbauskis
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Karbauskis’ prediction: if Šimonytė wins, there will be another election

“Silence about a candidate is much worse than discussions,” Lithuanian Farmer and Greens Union (LVŽS) leader Ramūnas Karbauskis says, adding that, “With a few days passing, no one remembers, what was written, but they do remember about who.” […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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Experts on S. Skvernelis’ candidacy: do not see pre-planning and see risks

Last week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced his presidential bid. This decision has finalised matters on the political stage. Gitanas Nausėda, S. Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė gather 40% of the vote according to surveys. Another 40% of potential voters are undecided and the remaining 20% is shared by the other candidates. Thus, the number of candidates is growing and the intrigue is rising. How the presidential election campaign will develop and who has the highest chances was discussed by experts on Monday’s LRT Forumas, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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Conservatives compare S. Skvernelis’ links to D. Gudelis with R. Paksas and J. Borisov’s friendship

A journalist investigation has uncovered facts that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Minister of Economy Virginijus Sinkevičius, running in respectively the presidential and municipal elections, are constantly and systematically consulted by public relations consultant Darius Gudelis, the owner of the company VIP Viešosios Informacijos Partneriai, without having officially declared it. The aforementioned company has been winning numerous publicity tenders by ministries and institutions subordinate to the cabinet, part of which are evaluated by the prime minister’s political confidence advisor, which raises doubts for the Conservatives on whether there is no abuse of office and if state institution publicity tenders are organised transparently, a press release states according to lrt.lt. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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Evaluation of S. Skvernelis’ chances: by clashing with the media, he may have made a mistake

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis chose Rusnė as the location to announce his presidential bid. During his cabinet’s term, financing was arranged for the Rusnė overpass. The prime minister stated he wishes for there to be “harmony between governments in the country,” because at the moment he sees discord between the branches of government and journalists, who according to S. Skvernelis participate in politics, add further pressure. This was the discussion topic of Dienos Tema featuring VU TSPMI docent and KTU scientist Mažvydas Jastramskis and the chief editor of BNS news agency Vaidotas Beniušis, lrt.lt writes. […]