2012-03-19 | Lithuanian Peasant and Greens union (History)
The Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga, LVŽS; formerly Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union, Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga, LVLS) is an Agrarian centre-left political party in Lithuania led by industrial farmer Ramūnas Karbauskis.
The party adopted the name Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union in February 2006. It had previously been known as "Valstiečių ir Naujosios demokratijos partijų sąjungos", or VNDS, which translates to the "Peasants and New Democratic Party Union" or "Union of Peasants and New Democratic Parties". This name stemmed from its origin as an electoral alliance between the Lithuanian Peasants Party (Lietuvos valstiečių partija) and the New Democratic Party (Naujosios demokratijos partija), which merged to form the Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union.
It changed its name to Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union in January 2012.
In the 2004 European Parliamentary Elections, the party gained 7.4% of the vote and won one MEP, who joined the Union for Europe of the Nations group.
Its candidate Kazimiera Prunskienė gained 21.4 % of the vote in the first round and 47.4 % in the second round in the presidential elections of 13 June 2004. At the legislative elections on 10 October 2004, the party won 6.6 % of the popular vote and 10 out of 141 seats.
In the legislative elections of 2008, the party experienced heavy losses, gaining only 3 out of its previous 10 seats in the Seimas and 3.74% of the national vote, continuing the party's tenure in opposition.
In the 2009 European parliament election the party got a mere 1.82% and lost its representation.