The conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) aims to address unfolding issues
In response to mounting political challenges within both local authorities and the parliament, the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), the largest party in Lithuania’s parliament, has proposed an early general election on September 10. The draft resolution, registered on Friday, was presented by a group of influential conservative MPs, including Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, who also serves as the party’s chairman, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, and Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė, head of the TS-LKD political group in the parliament.
At a news conference, Landsbergis announced, “We have just registered the Seimas’ resolution on an early election.” He emphasized that the reasons for this proposal have been reiterated numerous times, highlighting the evolving situation in local authorities and the parliament, as well as broader issues facing the state and the political system as a whole. While a specific date for the vote is yet to be determined, the resolution is expected to be put to the vote in the first or second week of June.
Resolution for early election registered by prominent conservative MPs
Landsbergis revealed that the party has not yet decided whether conservative MPs would be obliged to vote in favor of the resolution. This uncertainty raises questions about the unity within the conservative party and the potential divisions that may emerge during the vote.
Regarding the future of the current government coalition comprised of the TS-LKD, the Liberal Movement, and the Freedom Party, Landsbergis refrained from commenting on whether it would remain intact if the parliament rejects the motion. However, Prime Minister Šimonytė has previously stated that she would resign if the call for a snap election is dismissed.