Lithuania's ex-PM Butkevicius to run for parliament on Greens Party's ticket

  • 2020-03-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Algirdas Butkevicius, a former Lithuanian prime minister, will run in next October's parliamentary election on the list of the non-parliamentary Lithuanian Greens Party, and will also stand as an independent in the single-member constituency of the southern district of Vilkaviskis. 

"I will run as an independent in Vilkaviskis District. I want to win this constituency back," Butkevicius told BNS. 

"Also, I had a considerable number of invitations from parties to join their lists as an independent and I chose the Lithuanian Greens Party," he said. 

The former prime minister said he chose the party, which currently has no seats in the Seimas, because "Lithuania is facing huge climate change, economic and public finance challenges". 

He said he does not plant to join the party, at least for now.  

The former leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDLP) led the party in the 2016 parliamentary election, but did not seek to be reelected as its chairman following the party's poor performance in the polls. 

Butkevicius later left LSDLP and is currently a non-attached member of the parliament.