After eight long-standing and influential members left the Social Democratic Party on Saturday, the party's leader Gintautas Paluckas said this marked an end of a certain era, bot not drama.
Gintautas Paluckas
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

"The exit of our fellows with enormous experience, thirty years of party membership and experience of prime minister, also symbolizes an end of a certain era. However, I will never agree to playing with democracy or manipulating it or to the accusations of party branches being hostage to the chairman's lack of understanding or personal interests," Paluckas said at the Saturday's meeting of the party's council.

He said he was democratic, not autocratic, as he had been accused. The Social Democratic Party's leader said the party now featured far more democracy than before.

"Today I am happy to see members of the political group make the decision, which was probably possible ever since Linas Linkevičius made the decision (to leave) in sign of protest against the party's decision. I learned politics, political management and intrigues from the best – Algirdas Butkevičius, Gediminas Kirkilas and Juozas Bernatonis. I would like to thank them for their contribution to me personally and many of us. Yes, this is an end of a certain era but beautiful things are born in disputes and labor. We are born anew today," Paluckas said on Saturday.

The Social Democratic Party's council was planned to decide on expulsion of nine disobedient MPs from the party on Saturday, however, they forestalled the events and eight of them resigned first. The ninth was expelled.

At the end of September, the party's council decided to pull out of the ruling coalition with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, however, the nine MPs voted in support of continuing cooperation with the ruling LFGU. The move resulted in an ethics watchdogs' recommendation to expel them from the party.

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

MPs greenlight Rupsys' appointment as chief of defense

The Lithuanian parliament gave on Thursday the green light for the appointment of Major General...

President to nominate Skvernelis for Prime Minister after courtesy resignation

Lithuania's new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis...

Prime Minister: several ministers to be replaced in Cabinet reshuffle

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says more than one ministers will be replaced in the...

Pulkauninkas resigns as chief forest officer

Marius Pulkauninkas is set to leave the post of Lithuania's chief forest officer on August 1 after...

Nauseda to discuss future government with ruling parties

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda plans to discuss the government formation with...