aA
Members of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) on Thursday start voting in the party's first-ever direct leadership election.
Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Gintautas Paluckas
Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Gintautas Paluckas
© DELFI montažas

Five candidates are competing for the post of LSDP chairperson, including MPs Artūras Skardžius and Andrius Palionis, Economy Minister Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Vilnius Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas and Mantas Varaška, a former lawmaker.

Former Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, the incumbent chairman, is not seeking re-election following the party's poor showing in last autumn's general election.

After the Social Democrats finished third in the elections with only 17 seats in the 141-member, Butkevičius in early November announced his intention to resign, but the party's council did not approve of the move.

The results of the LSDP leadership election are expected to be announced on Aprril 10.

The Social Democrats are electing their leader in a direct election for the first time. Its chairpersons were until now elected by the party's congresses.

The LSDP is Lithuania 's largest political party with over 20,000 members.

Police free Polish citizen kidnapped for ransom

Lithuanian police have freed a Polish citizen who was kidnapped for ransom and also detained his...

President to skip Holocaust forum in Israel

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has decided not to go to a major Holocaust commutation event in...

Panevezys mayor faces new corruption suspicions

Lithuanian prosecutors and the Special Investigation Service (STT) said on Monday they a conducting...

Police: there was no girl kidnap in Vilnius

There was no girl kidnap in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital's police said on Friday night.

Ex presidential candidate Juozaitis becomes party leader

Former presidential candidate philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis was on Saturday elected chairman of the...

Top news

President to skip Holocaust forum in Israel

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has decided not to go to a major Holocaust commutation event in...

Police free Polish citizen kidnapped for ransom

Lithuanian police have freed a Polish citizen who was kidnapped for ransom and also detained his...

Expert: internet names registered for personal use remains high

The Internet Service Centre DOMREG at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – the registry of...

Belarus offered alternative amid supply row with Russia

A crude shipment from Norway for Belarus is expected to arrive in the port of Klaipeda this week...

Police: there was no girl kidnap in Vilnius

There was no girl kidnap in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital's police said on Friday night.