Long-standing HU-LCD MP Degutienė mulls retiring
Irena Degutienė, a long-standing member of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, does not plan to stand for election during the upcoming elections in Lithuania, and is also considering retiring from politics altogether.
Degutienė says she will not stand for election during the upcoming municipal and EP elections next year and will not run for the Lithuanian Seimas in 2020. Time has come for giving opportunities to the new generation, the MP said.
„I won't be running definitely. Nowhere. I am considering retiring. A new generation has come, there's been a long time in politics and I think it's about time to quit. (…) When I was running for this parliament, I told my colleagues already then that it will be the last time," Degutiene told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday.
A deputy speaker of the Seimas and the first deputy elder of the HU-LCD political group in the Seimas, Degutienė has served in the parliament since 1996 and was speaker of the Seimas in 2009–2012.