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3 parties vie for victory in Lithuania vote

3 parties vie for victory in Lithuania vote

Lithuanians will cast ballots in the second-round of national elections Sunday, with three parties across the political spectrum hoping to emerge victorious following a close race in the first round two weeks ago.
Opposition center-left parties that finished in first and second place have pledged to form a coalition that would increase social spending and postpone introducing the euro, while the ruling conservatives, who came in third, want Lithuania to phase in the common currency in 2014.
Nearly half of Parliament's 141 seats are up for grabs in Sunday's run-off races. After the party-list phase on Oct 14, the populist Labor Party is in front with 18 seats _ compared with 16 for its Social Democrat allies and 13 for rival conservatives from Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats.


Updated : 2021-02-28 06:34 GMT+08:00