Rolandas Paksas, Lithuania’s former President, who was impeached in 2004, and is currently a Member of the European Parliament and the leader of the Order and Justice Party, called today, at his party’s Annual Convention, for Lithuania to abandon representational democracy. Instead, he suggested that Lithuania should be the first country in the world to abolish representative democracy and replace it with ‘direct democracy’. Paksas made his call following re-election as leader of his opposition party.
Mr. Paksas suggested a return to the origins of democracy as it developed in ancient Athens, when all citizens had an input into government through direct voting, mostly through conventions. However, present day direct democracy would function via the Internet, Paksas believes – “such meetings, of course, would take place not in squares but on-line….. People just need to agree on a day when they go on-line and fulfil their civic duty“.
The disgraced former President is convinced that representational democracy is not functioning properly any longer and is out of date. “Degeneration of representative democracy, as the form of government, was programmed in the egg. It happened when, seeking to limit the powers of monarchs, European countries took over the antique tradition of democracy but renounced the fundamental principle of the Greek democracy – people’s direct participation in decision-making“.
In the course of an interview, Paksas declared: “I had the chance to be Prime Minister two times – I was head of state – and while holding these positions I constantly felt that invisible line no one is allowed to cross, including Prime Ministers and Presidents. You all know what happened when I refused to obey !”.