Before the Seimas election radical powers, new and old small parties as well as leaders who are damaging Lithuania’s reputation, have become more active. The leader of Social Democrats Algirdas Butkevicius expressed such opinion at the party’s conference on 25 August, delfi.lt reports.
During the press conference the politician explained that he had new parties in mind.
“I had newly registered parties in mind. I think that current situation allows such parties to register and participate in the election as people are deeply distrustful of tradition political parties” said Butkevicius.
The crisis will shift voters towards the Social Democrats?
On 25 August in the exhibition and congress centre “Litexpo” the Social Democrats have approved the final list of candidates for the Seimas election and the final edit of the election programme. According to the public survey the Social Democrats are the second most popular party after the Labour Party, they therefore expect to get at least 45 seats in parliament. This was the number of mandates won in the last Seimas election by the Conservatives who afterwards formed the ruling coalition.
Butkevicius also criticized the occasionally expressed notion that the traditional ideology is lifeless and that the world has stepped into the post ideological era.
The leader of the Social Democrats said that the global economic crisis has rectified the situation and ruined the neoliberal myth. Butkevicius contemplated that such environment is much more favourable towards the Social Democrats as their programmes pay regard to elimination of income inequality, justice, and solidarity.
“Many experts and analysts believe that in the face of liberal economic model crisis, social democratic values are returning and not only in Europe” the chairman of the party encouraged his colleagues.
Translated by Ingrida Sinkevičūtė
Edited by Maria Arguelles