Remigijus Šimašius' decision to resign from leadership of the Liberal Movement should not affect the public opinion about the party, however, a new strong leader is needed solve the crisis emerging in the party, says Ainė Ramonaitė, professor at the Vilnius University's International Relations and Political Science Institute.
Remigijus Šimašius
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"The leader is more needed within the party, not outside it, as the party is not very much linked with one person in the eyes of voters," the political scientist told BNS. "It is not a party of one leader, therefore, this may benefit them, as they may have open hands to change something but clearly they need a leader within."

In her words, the Liberal Movement seems out of hand and does not know how to respond to the latest wave of difficulties, while the failures in connection to governing Lithuania's capital Vilnius made Šimašius no longer capable of unifying the party's members.

"There is a general understanding that Šimašius is no longer the person who could pull the Liberal Movement out only because being the Vilnius mayor is not successful," said the professor.

Šimašius announced resignation on Friday after the Central Electoral Commission on Thursday stated that the Liberal Movement had grossly violated the law in the funding of the campaign before the 2016 parliamentary elections.

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