VILNIUS – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has welcomed voter turnout among Lithuanians living abroad during the first round of voting in the Lithuanian parliament elect last Sunday.
Since the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania whose candidate list he led failed to get into the parliament and he also lost the vote in the single-member constituency, the minister says he cannot yet say anything about his future plans.
"Elections are elections and their results are the way they are objectively and we need to respect them. Speaking of my constituency (for world Lithuanians – BNS), I am really glad that Lithuanians living abroad showed that we did not create a separate constituency in vain," Linkevicius told BNS on Monday.
The minister is also glad that although general voter turnout was slightly lower than during the last general election, it was considerably higher in the constituency for Lithuanians living abroad.
Linkevicius received 13.02 percent of votes in the aforementioned constituency and came in third after Ausrine Armonaite, leader of the Freedom Party, and Dalia Asanaviciute, representing the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.
Linkevicius says he plans to do the existing job "until there's a possibility and need" but refrained to speak about his future career plans.
"I'll try to be of use for Lithuania somehow, no matter what that position would be," he said.
The minister also says he has no plans to join the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania, adding that he has no further political plans yet.
"I don’t have any commitments now and any plans definitely and in that sense it's hard for me to say something specifically," he said.
Linkevicius is currently serving his second terms of Lithuania's foreign minister.