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Presidential election in Lithuania: decision postponed

The next head of state of the Baltic state is determined in a runoff election. In the first round, no candidate reached the required majority. Prime Minister Skvernelis landed on place three and back.

The decision in the race for the succession of Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite falls on the 26. May in a runoff election. Then the economic expert and political newcomer, Gitanas Nauseda, and the former Minister of Finance Ingrida Simonyte. Nauseda had received 31 percent of the vote, Simonyte came to 30.1 percent.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis reached slightly more than 20 percent. He acknowledged his defeat and announced that he was going to come in July. "It is not I have succeeded, in the second round to collect an assessment from me as a politician," said Skvernelis.

Ex-Finance Minister Simonyte even made it into the runoff.

All the candidates are Pro-Europe and Pro-NATO

in Total, there had been nine candidates in the first round of the election. The current President Dalia Grybauskaite was not allowed to compete after two terms in office.

The President has business in Lithuania, although no influence on the political days. He is responsible for foreign policy and represents the country at EU summits. He also appoints Ministers, judges and the heads of the armed forces and the Central Bank. He must vote, however mostly with the Prime Minister or the Parliament.

During the election campaign were presented to all the candidates, as a convinced Pro-Europeans and supporters of the Nato. The membership of the military Alliance is regarded by many Lithuanians as a hedge against the all-powerful neighbour, Russia.

choice in Lithuania: Who comes after the "amber lady"?, 12.05.2019 Atlas |Lithuania |Vilnius

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