Uspaskich, Paksas to Form Lithuania’s Biggest Political Party

Lithuania’s Labor Party, led by Russian-born millionaire Viktor Uspaskich, plans to merge with the movement of impeached ex-President Rolandas Paksas to form the Baltic nation’s largest political party.

The councils of the two parties each approved today the goal of completing the project in April, Uspaskich and Paksas, who heads the Order & Justice movement, told reporters at Parliament in the capital, Vilnius.

Order & Justice, part of a four-party coalition formed after elections in October, and the Labor Party have a combined 39 seats in Lithuania’s 141-member parliament. Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius’s Social Democrats have 38 seats.

Uspaskich and Paksas said they wouldn’t seek any changes in the Cabinet even if their influence on government decision- making increased.

“Integration will allow us to achieve our goals with bigger and faster impulse,” Uspaskich said. “We both support balancing social needs with an attractive business climate.”

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