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Runoff in Lithuania – the Prime prior to the withdrawal,

The presidential election in the Baltic EU and Nato country, Lithuania, will be decided in a runoff in two weeks. After counting of almost all the election districts of the independent economic expert, Gitanas Nauseda, and the former Minister of Finance Ingrida Simonyte could bring out the most votes. Both missed but the absolute majority.

The two best-placed to go on 26. May – parallel to the European election – in a duel for the highest office in the Baltic state.

According to the state election Commission in Vilnius, from early Monday morning, the 54-year-old Nauseda received around 31 per cent, on the of the conservative opposition party nominated Simonyte (44) accounted for 30 percent of the vote. The two Economists were to their role as favourites of pre-election polls.

Prime Minister announced the resignation for July

On rank three followed, with around 20 per cent of the government chief Saulius Skvernelis that linked his office with the outcome of the election, and for July, his resignation announced. "It is not I have succeeded, in the runoff to collect, is a rating of me as a politician," said Skvernelis in the Lithuanian television.

Nauseda rated the result as a confirmation of his election campaign promised objectives – the establishment of a "welfare state" and "political peace". Also Simonyte wants to reduce social inequality in Lithuania and hopes in the ballot on the support of political forces, with matching views.

in Total, had applied nine candidates to be the successor to Dalia Grybauskaite, in the highest public office in the Baltic sea. Election, 2.5 million people were entitled to nearly. The turnout was according to the election Commission at 56.5 percent.

commentators see Nauseda in the advantage

commentators and political scientists see Nauseda in the runoff in the better position, because he spoke to a wide voter base. Much depends, however, on the campaign and the turnout. "A key factor will be what will happen in the next two weeks," said Ramunas Vilpisauskas of the University of Vilnius, the Agency BNS.

In Lithuania has policy of the head of state is primarily representative tasks, in comparison to the German President, but further competences in Foreign and defense. Grybauskaite can not run after two five-year terms of office to the Constitution in accordance with.

at the Time of the presidential election, two people were held votes. The inhabitants of the Baltic state to vote on the introduction of a dual citizenship and the reduction of the number of Members in the Lithuanian Parliament. (chk/sda)

Created: 13.05.2019, 05:28 PM

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