Liberal and Centre Union

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Liberal and Centre Union

Liberalų ir centro sąjunga
LeaderAlgis Čaplikas
Founded31 May 2003
Dissolved12 July 2014
Merger ofLLS, LCS, MKDP
Merged intoLithuanian Freedom Union
HeadquartersVilniaus g. 22/1, Vilnius
IdeologyConservative liberalism
Agrarianism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
International affiliationLiberal International
European Parliament groupALDE (2004–09)
ColoursYellow and blue
Seimas
0 / 141
European Parliament
0 / 12
Municipal councils
274 / 700
12 / 1,526
Website
www.lics.lt

The Liberal and Centre Union (Lithuanian: Liberalų ir centro sąjunga, LiCS) was a conservative-liberal[1] political party in Lithuania active between 2003 and 2014.

It was a member of the Liberal International and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

History[edit]

LiCS was formed in 2003 by a merger of the Liberal Union of Lithuania, Centre Union of Lithuania and Modern Christian Democratic Union.

The combined party was led by Gintautas Babravičius. In the 2004 European Parliamentary Elections it gained 11.2% of the vote and returned 2 MEPs.

In the 2004 parliamentary elections on 10 October 2004, the party won 9.1% of the popular vote and 18 out of 141 seats in the Seimas.

In the October 2008 parliamentary elections, LiCS retained 8 seats out of its previous 18 and received 5.3% of the national vote, and formed a coalition with the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, Liberal Movement, and National Resurrection Party (TPP).

On 22 September 2011 the party agreed to absorb the TPP, whose MPs had been sitting in the LiCS parliamentary group.

In the October 2012 parliamentary elections the party lost all 8 seats, taking just 2.1% of the national vote.

On 12 July 2014, the LiCS merged with YES to form the Lithuanian Freedom Union (LLS).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Slomp, Hans (26 September 2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 536. ISBN 978-0-313-39182-8.

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