MP Dovile Sakaliene has decided to leave the political group of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) in the Seimas and joint the group of the opposition Liberal Movement.
Dovilė Šakalienė
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The lawmaker said that she was disappointed with the LFGU's position on the children's rights protection reform and that she had realized that she and the party were "light years apart" in their values.

"The children's rights reform has run aground. I believe that what I wrote to the Farmers, all the soft social policy measures and the counter-violence reform, were good intentions during the political campaign, but all this is stalling," Sakaliene told BNS.

"The new, modern and advanced Framework Law on Children's Rights Protection is not on today's agenda either," the parliamentarian said.

"I see little sense in being with people whose values are miles apart from mine," she added.

The LFGU until now had 57 seats in the parliament and the Liberal Union had thirteen.

Sakaliene is not a member of the LFGU, but she was elected to the Seimas on the party's list. A psychologist by profession, she had previously worked at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, a non-governmental organization, for over a decade.

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