Local elections in Lithuania - Liaison Office of the Foundation Lithuania
No general conclusions can be drawn from the local elections for the next parliamentary elections. Nevertheless, it is obvious that the electorate is slowly turning away from the conservative-liberal governing coalition. The problem for the conservatives is not only that in every city in the country - except Vilnius - people are uniting against them.
The lack of strong local political figures is seen as the biggest problem. Some voters do not even associate the candidates with their parties. The lack of good local politicians is related - especially among the Christian Democrats - to the candidates' strong desire to act as quickly as possible at the national level.
The announcement before the elections that Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė (previously without a party affiliation) would be joining the party could already be interpreted as a sign of a realignment within the party. The impact on the party of Landsbergis' decision not to run again as party chairman will become clear in the coming months.
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