Liberal Movement (Lithuania)

Liberal Movement
Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis
Leader Remigijus Šimašius
Founded February 25, 2006 (2006-02-25)
Split from Liberal and Centre Union
Headquarters 9/1 J. Tumo–Vaižganto g., Vilnius
Membership ~6,000 (the end of 2015)[1]
Ideology Liberalism
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Orange
14 / 141
European Parliament
2 / 11
Municipal councils
217 / 1,473
Remigijus Šimašius, current leader of Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania

The Liberal Movement[2][3][4][5] (Lithuanian: Liberalų Sąjūdis), formally the Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos Liberalų sąjūdis) and abbreviated to LRLS, is a conservative-liberal[6] political party in Lithuania.

Following the October 2012 General Election, the Liberal Movement has ten members of the Seimas. It previously participated in a governing coalition, along with the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and Liberal and Centre Union. It has two MEPs in the European Parliament, Leonidas Donskis and Antanas Guoga, who sit in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group. The LRLS is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party.


The party was founded in 2006 by dissident members of the Liberal and Centre Union that were unhappy with Artūras Zuokas's leadership.

In the legislative elections of 2008, the first elections LRLS has ever taken part in, it gained 11 seats in the Seimas and 5.72 percent of the national vote. The LRLS formed a coalition with the Homeland Union, the Liberal and Centre Union, and the National Resurrection Party. This coalition gained a combined governmental majority of 80 out of 141 seats in the Seimas, led by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius of the Homeland Union. At the subsequent elections of 2012, the party lost one seat to finish with 10 seats in the Seimas and 8.57 percent of the national vote.

After party's leader Eligijus Masiulis allegedly took a bribe of 100,000 euro, Antanas Guoga took his position. But he was the chairman for 4 days only, and has resigned. The mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, is the current chairman of the party.

Members of the European Parliament

Leonidas Donskis 1962 Philosopher 2009 2014
Petras Auštrevičius 1963 Diplomat 2014 (2019)
Antanas Guoga 1973 Businessman 2014 (2019)

Current Members of the Seimas

Virgilijus Alekna 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Aušrinė Armonaitė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Juozas Baublys 2016 Varėna-Trakai
Viktorija Čmilytė 2015 Multi-member Constituency
Vitalijus Gailius 2012 Pakruojis-Joniškis
Arūnas Gelūnas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Eugenijus Gentvilas 2012


Multi-member Constituency
Simonas Gentvilas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Kęstutis Glaveckas 1996


Multi-member Constituency
Ričardas Juška 2016 Jurbarkas-Pagėgiai
Jonas Liesys 2016


Gintaras Steponavičius 2000 Multi-member Constituency
Gintaras Vaičekauskas 2016 Pajūrio (Klaipėda)
Jonas Varkalys 2016 Plungė

Members of the Government of Lithuania

Eligijus Masiulis 1974 Transport 2008 2012
Gintaras Steponavičius 1967 Education/Science 2008 2012
Remigijus Šimašius 1974 Justice 2008 2012

See also


  1. Daugiausiai nario mokesčio surinko socdemai - 643 tūkst. Lt
  2. "Center-right to form Lithuanian coalition". The New York Times. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  3. Adomaitis, Nerijus (26 October 2008). "Lithuania centre right wins vote as slowdown looms". Reuters. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  4. Seputyte, Milda (26 October 2008). "Lithuanian Homeland Union Secures Victory in Election Run-Off". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  5. "Lithuania: Political structure". The Economist. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  6. Hans Slomp (26 September 2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics [2 volumes]: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. pp. 536–. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8.

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