Social Democrats form government with Labour and Order and Justice
The Social Democrats have emerged as the largest party in Lithuania’s parliament following the second round of the general election yesterday. The Labour party dropped to third place after coming top in the first round. The current government, Homeland, came second.
The leaders of the three main opposition parties have already agreed to form a coalition government and will start working on a draft policy statement this week. The three parties will be led by Algirdas Butkevičius, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania. The other parties are the Labour Party led by Viktor Uspaskich and the Order and Justice Party led by Rolandas Paksas.
The parties with seats in the new parliament subject to final official confirmation are as follows:
Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP) 38 seats
Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS – LKD) 33 seats
Labour Party (DP) 29 seats
Order and Justice (TT) 11 seats
Liberal Movement (LRLS) 10 seats
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (LLRA) 8 seats
The Way of Courage 7 seats
Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVŽS) – 1 seat
Independents took three seats.