The presidential election in 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 - and go now on 26. May - parallel to the European election - in a duel for the highest office in the Baltic country.
The run-off election to decide the successor to President Dalia Grybauskaite. It is in the case of many Lithuanians popular and is one of the sharpest Russia-Critics within the European Union. After two terms she was not allowed to compete again.
Simonyte and Nauseda in force prior to the vote as a favorite. Based on a count of three-quarters of the votes Nauseda was just in front of Simonyte. The end result should be in the course of Monday.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who was also a runner, gave in on Monday night knocked and announced his resignation for the 12. July. "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.
the most Important issues for many voters, poverty, and large income disparities, which are in Lithuania to Bulgaria is the highest in the EU. A total of nine candidates had applied for the succession of Grybauskaite. The turnout was according to the election Commission at 56.5 percent. In Lithuania, the head of state is primarily representative tasks, in comparison to the German President, but further competences in Foreign and defense policy.
two people were the same with the presidential election 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.