Lithuania – Parliamentary election, 2nd round

The second round of the parliamentary election in Lithuania was held on Sunday.

The results are as follows (1st round seats reported first):

  • Labour Party (DP), 17 seats, 12 seats = 29 seats
  • Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP), 15 seats, 23 seats, total = 38
  • Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), 13 seats, 20 seats = 33 seats
  • Liberals’ Movement of the Republic of Lithuania (LRLS), 7 seats, 3 seats = 10 seats
  • Way of Courage (DK), 7 seats, 0 seats = 7 seats
  • Order and Justice (TT), 6 seats, 5 seats = 11 seats
  • Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (LLRA), 5 seats, 3 seats = 8 seats
  • Peasants and Green Union, 0 seats, 1 seat = 1 seat
  • Independents, 0 seats, 3 seats = 3 seats

A parliamentary majority is 71 seats. The left-wing Labour Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the right-wing Order and Justice party have already agreed a coalition. The Social Democrats will supply the PM. The leader of the Social Democrats, Algirdas Butkevičius, has said that other parties may join the government.

Meanwhile, President Dalia Grybauskaitė has created some controversy by declaring that Labour Party should not be included in the government. There is a report here. Officially, President Grybauskaitė is an independent. However, prior to the election she expressed support for the outgoing conservative-led government. While she has vetoed certain pieces of government legislation during her time as president, the chances are that the number of vetoes will increase substantially if she is faced with a left-wing government.

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