In parliamentary elections, the Liberal Movement, according to preliminary data, recieved a total of 10 seats in parliament. Almost all of this party’s politicians who made it into Parliament for this term were working in the Parliament or Government during the last term, delfi.lt wrote on 29 October.
The only new politician for the Liberals is former Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS) director Vitalijus Gailius. He won a single-member seat in Parliament, so it is likely that he will have to abandon plans to return to the FCIS director’s position via the courts. In that case, another liberal would get the seat—it would likely be the candidate who lost to Gailius.According to the list, Liberal Movement leader Eligijus Masiulis and Algis Kašėta won single-member elections. Education and Science Minister Gintaras Steponavičius and another liberal Petras Auštrevičius, who lost to the Conservatives in Vilnius’s single-member elections, will also enter Parliament.
Masiulis’s and Kašėta’s victories in the single-member elections opened the Parliament door for two liberal current-term parliamentarians—Dalia Kuodytė and Dalia Teišerskytė.
Minister of Justice Remigijus Šimašius will also be in the Parliament.There are question marks though on two names: One of the Liberal Movement’s leaders Eugenijus Gentvilas has not decided between entering Parliament or working as Klaipėda port authority’s manager. According to the list Kęstutis Glaveckas was also elected to parliament, but before the election he stated publicly that he does not want another term.
Two colleagues will eagerly await for the the two Liberals’ decision: Parliament veteran Arminas Lydeka and Lithuanian’s best chess player Victoria Čmilytė. The former mayor of Kaunas Rimantas Mikaitis may perhaps still reach theoretical expectations by entering Parliament, but the odds for current parliamentarian Erikas Tamašauskas are close to zero.
Translated by Laura Bojarskaitė
Edited by Jennifer Virškus