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2019.05.27 00:44

Conservatives and social democrats lead in Lithuania's EP elections

LRT.lt, BNS2019.05.27 00:44

The conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian democrats is leading in Lithuania's European Parliament elections, results from most of the polling stations show.

With 19.67 percent of the vote, the conservatives look to send three delegates to the EP. They will sit with the European People's Party (EPP) group.

Liudas Mažylis, professor at Vytautas Magnus University, was ranked first among the party's candidates, followed by former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius in second place and MP Rasa Juknevičienė, a former minister of defence, in third.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party is second, with 15.93 percent of the vote. This gives the party two MEPs to join the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

The party's list is topped by Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, re-elected for a third term as MEP, and MP Juozas Olekas.

Two seats will also go to the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union which got about 12.6 percent of the vote. The party's current MEP belongs to the the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group.

Bronis Ropė will likely stay on as MEP and the other seat goes to Šarūnas Marčiulionis, a famous former basketball player who is not a member of the party.

The rest of Lithuania's 11 seats in the European Parliament will go to MEP Viktor Uspaskich of the Labour Party (over 112,000 votes, or almost 9 percent), MEP Petras Auštrevičius of the Liberal Movement (over 80,000 votes, or 6 percent), MP Aušra Maldeikienė, whose public electoral committee garnered 79,000 votes, or 6 percent, and MEP Valdemar Tomaševski of the coalition of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance and the Russian Alliance (69,000 votes, or over 5 percent).

Maldeikienė's is the only new group to qualify for EP seats.

The voter turnout at the elections was 53 percent.