Conservatives ought to start preparing to keep their dignity by stepping aside into the opposition after the coming Parliamentary elections, rather than collaborate with such enemies as the Labour Party in order to stay in power. This is the position of Vytautas Landsbergis, the patriarch of the right wing political party, reported delfi.lt on 30 September.
Landsbergis, currently a member of the European Parliament, is planning to urge the leaders of the Conservative Party to decide on the Party’s post-election tactics: whom to collaborate with and whom to avoid. According to the Lietuvos Rytas sources, Mr. Landsbergis,
an influential member of the Conservatives,
presented this position during a recent meeting of the Party’s Political Committee, which he currently chairs. The meeting aimed to identify a possible political position for the Lithuanian Christian Democrats in the event that they fail to win the upcoming elections.
Landsbergis complained to the colleagues at the Committee that the leadership of the Party refuses to acknowledge his advice and fails to consult him on the formation of Party’s political vision, even though officially it is Landsbergis’ responsibility.
The Member of the European Parliament was strongly sceptical about the possibility of the Conservative Party forming a coalition with any one of the existing political groups. In his view, such a move would signify the demise of the Party.
Landsbergis also revealed that in the near future the Political Committee will attempt to engage Party leadership in a discussion on the future of the Conservative Party.
According to speculation from both outside and inside the Party, the Conservatives could divide the current opposition front by forming a coalition with the Labour Party.
Translated by Ieva Indriunaitė
Edited by Sara Lischynsky