The ruling Lithuanian Peasants and Greens Union is changing the English-language version of its name, replacing "peasants" with the more modern "farmers".
Ramūnas Karbauskis
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The party said on Friday that its official English-language name would now be Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union instead of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union used in official documents and state institutions until now.

MP Mindaugas Puidokas, the party's deputy leader, told BNS that the word "peasants" used to astonish some foreign colleagues.

"'Peasants' is not a proper word, as it is rarely used in modern English, therefore, is not interpreted correctly," said the MP.

In his words, the translation has been changed on the party's website, with an update sent to the Seimas office.

The word "peasants" originated in the party's name from the interwar period, the Lithuanian Peasant People's Party. The party's member Kazyz Grinius served as Lithuania's president in 1926 until the coup.

The party was also titled Peasant People's Party in 2005–2012 before being given the current name in 2012.

After winning the parliamentary elections last October, the party currently has 56 members in the 141-seat parliament and is often listed as a centrist force.

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