Twenty-two millionaires run for Lithuanian parliament

Twenty-two millionaires are running for Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, in the October election, according to an analysis by the Central Electoral Commission.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), is the richest, followed by Antanas Guoga, representing the Labour Party, and Remigijus Lapinskas, leader of the Lithuanian Green Party.

LVŽS leader Karbauskis is the richest candidate with 24.3 million euros in assets, valuables and cash, excluding lent and borrowed funds.

Guoga comes in second with 17.3 million euros, followed by Lapinskas with 6.9 million euros.

The LVŽS also leads in terms of the total value of candidates’ assets (around 45.2 million euros), followed by the Labour Party (around 32.6 million euros) and the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (around 20.8 million euros).

The Lithuanian People’s Party has the lowest total value of candidates’ declared assets, standing at around 2.3 million euros. It is followed by the Way of Courage party with some 3.6 million euros, and the Union of Generational Solidarity-Joint Action for Lithuania with some 4.2 million euros.

The conservative Homeland Union has three millionaires on its candidate list, and the Labour Party, the Liberal Movement, the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania, the LVŽS, the Lithuanian Green Union and the Lithuania Belongs to Everyone party have two millionaires each..

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, the Freedom and Justice party, the Union of Generational Solidarity-Joint Action for Lithuania have one millionaire candidate each. Another two candidates with assets over 1 million euros run for parliament as independents.

Ninety-three candidates said they had no assets at all, according to the electoral commission.

Lithuania will elect a new 141-seat parliament on October 11, with 70 lawmakers to be elected under political parties’ lists and another 71 to be elected in single-member constituencies.  


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