New Christian party established in Lithuania

  • 2020-02-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – A new party, the Christian Union, was on Saturday established in Vilnius by MPs Rimantas Dagys and Egidijus Vareikis, as well as Jonas Simenas, a signatory to the Act of the Restoration of Independence of March 11, Petras Luomanas, a member of Panavezys City Council, former Lazdijau Mayor Arturas Margelis etc.

The party convention was attended by 241 delegates, the organizers say, and 2,210 founders were represented with mandates.

Dagys, the new party's leader who earlier was a member of both the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and also the social democrats, said discussions started in February last year "on how to bring back Christina values into the political life".

"If the new Seimas is dominated by only a liberal worldview, we will hardly be able to speak about the union of a man and woman and their joint commitment to creating a family. We will hardly be able to speak about a family line which will be very diffused. And if we split family as such, we can hardly speak about community and state," Dagys said on Saturday.

He underlined that the founders of the new party are not Euroskeptics but they are strongly against the EU's certain gender or family concept definitions now under consideration.

"When one says a family can be created any way with any person and in any form, then that concept becomes totally non-understandable. (…) We cannot speak about any effective state social policy or family policy," Dagys said.

Dagys left the HU-LCD and its political group in the Lithuanian parliaments in February, 2019 following disagreements with the party's leadership. He's currently a member of the non-attached group.

Another right-wing party is set to be established in Lithuania in later February. It will be called the National Union and established by philosophers Vytautas Radzilas and Kestutis Dubinstas and political scientist Vytautas Sinica.