Aušrinė Armonaitė, Member of the Seimas, claims that the initiative of the Government to reduce the number of Members of the Seimas to 121 is a cheap trick in the presidential election campaign of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union that shakes the very foundations of parliamentarianism and might strengthen the position of groups of influence in the Seimas.
Aušrinė Armonaitė
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

'We have been taken hostage by the presidential campaign of the "Farmers", as they, in the most forthright populistic form, are trying to undermine the foundations of parliamentarianism. The ruling coalition uses its leveraged power to impose, from state resources, a referendum, which would win additional votes for their presidential candidate, Saulius Skvernelis. This dips Lithuania's political culture to new lows,' Aušrinė Armonaitė pointed out.

'If the number of parliamentarians is reduced, we will end up with a concentration of political power in the hands of a few. The power centered on fewer people becomes more absolute. The parliament with less members would therefore mean reduced variety of views, raising less issues thus leaving more room for groups of interest, such as large agribusinesses, to influence or simply buy the Seimas,' Ms Armonaitė stressed.

Ms Armonaitė claims that the current number of Members of the Seimas follows the formula applied in international practice, where the number of representatives of the nation is derived by taking the cube root of its population.

'Moreover, we should not forget that, apart from its permanent residents, Lithuania also has its nationals with voting rights residing abroad. This therefore means that the number of Lithuanian citizens with voting rights has not decreased and that the arguments by the ruling coalition represent nothing more but a smoke screen for populism,' Aušrinė Armonaitė noted.

Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Seimas opposition groups agree on opposition leader (1)

The Seimas opposition parties – Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD),...

I. Šimonyte. A few insights in the aftermath of municipal elections (1)

After the first round of municipal council elections there was a large discussion who has won and how...

Grey zone around parties contracts: voters’ views become clearer

The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and the Lithuanian Farmer and Greens...

Conservatives: lies spread by the ruling coalition about the construction of the Astravyets NPP must be prevented

When answering the question on the letter of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to the Belarusian...

Kubilius: you have to look deeper

Andrius Kubilius , a veteran of the Conservative party , stated during a Delfi show that during...