Data crunched by the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission shows that the Peasant and Green Union of Lithuania is all set to win at runoff of the October 23 held parliamentary elections. This data was collected from a total of 1,922 polling stations. The LVZS is all set to be elected as the new ruling party in the European country for the coming four years. The party has a total of 54 mandates in the Lithuanian parliament Seimas.
Ramunas Karbauskis, the LVZS leader said that his party is all ready to take on bigger responsibilities. He did not dismiss the issue of negotiating with other parties like Social Democratic Party and the Lithuanian Christian Democrats. Both these two parties have come behind the LVZS in the electoral stakes.
For Karbauskis, there was no intention of being the prime minister. A more likely candidate for the post is Saulius Skvernelis, the defacto leader of the electoral list brought by the agrarian party. A few political analysts are puzzled by this move as in usual terms; the winning party leader becomes the government head in Lithuania.
Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the conservative political force and winner of the first electoral round, trails the LVZS in runoff. The latter won 31 mandates and the Social Democrats took control over 17. If one goes by the words of Karbauskis, distinct negotiating groups will be created on October 24. Their purpose is to have dialog with both social democrats and conservatives.
There are a number of critics to such an action of separate negotiation with the two competing parties. One prominent critic is Gabreilius Landsbergis, the Social Democratic Party leader. He said that the principal values of readiness to work, transparency and responsibility are being violated by such kind of discussions. He added that his party will talk if such principles are accepted by the other political parties.
Karbauskis have repeatedly stressed of a government being made of professionals. He was adamant on a few issues, noticeably of the Visaginas nuclear plant in the country. He wanted the project to be cancelled. Among his other demands is the creation of alcohol selling monopoly. Alcohols, he insists, should be sold only by the government. This stance has been roundly criticized by other Lithuanian political parties. Political leaders have also inked in a role for President Dalia Grybauskaite when they created the ruling coalition.