aA
Lithuanian economist and MP Aušra Maldeikienė, 60, on Monday announced her plans to run for president next year and is starting her election campaign with a tour around Lithuania.
Aušra Maldeikienė
Aušra Maldeikienė
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

"It's time to remember that we restored Lithuania not only for it to be a good place to live for the chosen ones, for those who were born in the right family," she told journalists, presenting her election program. "We need a peaceful revolution."

Her presidential election campaign under a slogan "Aušra comes after dark" (A play on words since her first name means "dawn" in Lithuania) includes 95 theses. For example, she is in favor of progressive taxes, and also underlines that "the mission of universities is to spread free thought and critical thinking and not to service the labor market". She also states that "a state cannot be built on blackmail, lies and badmouthing opponents".

This is Maldeikienė's first term as an MP. Earlier, she served on Vilnius City Council, and has also given lectures at universities and worked in the media and PR areas.

Presidential elections in Lithuania and scheduled for May, 2019.

Besides Maldeikienė, only MEP Valentinas Mazuronis and MP Naglis Puteikis have so far officially confirmed their presidential bids. Former diplomats Vygaudas Ušackas and Žygimantas Pavilionis have announced their plans to take part in the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats' primaries for choosing a presidential candidate.

The opposition Liberal Movement said earlier it would nominate MEP Petras Auštrevičius.

Philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis is also mulling running for Lithuania's president.

Other potential candidates include SEB bank's economist Gitanas Nausėda, MP Ingrida Šimonytė, EU commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, and Visvaldas Matijošaitis, the mayor of Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas, enjoying a high popularity rating. They have not announced their decisions yet.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

US organization expands its cooperation with Lithuanians in fight against Chinese disinformation

The Alliance for Securing Democracy , an independent organization operating in the United States ,...

Lithuania bans all passenger air and ferry travel from Saturday

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday imposed a ban, effective from Saturday, on all passenger air...

Veryga: coronavirus situation in Belarus raises concern

The coronavirus situation in Belarus is raising concern, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga...

Harsher penalties for flouting coronavirus quarantine rules (1)

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday imposed harsher penalties for those flouting coronavirus...

Coronavirus cases rise to 581 in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 1st April, there were 581 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lithuania.

Top news

Lithuania bans all passenger air and ferry travel from Saturday

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday imposed a ban, effective from Saturday, on all passenger air...

Coronavirus cases rise to 581 in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 1st April, there were 581 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lithuania.

US organization expands its cooperation with Lithuanians in fight against Chinese disinformation

The Alliance for Securing Democracy , an independent organization operating in the United States ,...

Veryga: coronavirus situation in Belarus raises concern

The coronavirus situation in Belarus is raising concern, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga...

Harsher penalties for flouting coronavirus quarantine rules (1)

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday imposed harsher penalties for those flouting coronavirus...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina