2019.05.27 09:27

Conservatives win European Parliament elections in Lithuania

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS 2019.05.27 09:27

The conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats finished first in Lithuania's European Parliament elections, receiving 18,5 percent of the vote and three MEP seats.  

Over 243,000 people voted for the Homeland Union on Sunday, according to preliminary results released by the Central Electoral Commission early on Monday.

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 in third.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), another opposition party, came second with 198,000 votes, or 15 percent, and is likely to take two seats in the European Parliament.

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

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union appears to have won two seats, with 156,000 votes, or almost 12 percent. Bronis Ropė will likely stay on as MEP and the other seat goes to Šarūnas Marčiulionis, a former famous 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 Labor 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). 

Five years ago, the Homeland Union, the LSDP, the Liberal Movement and the Order and Justice Party each won two mandates in the European Parliament with 16.46 percent, 16.3 percent, 15.63 percent and 13.46 percent support, respectively.

The Labor Party, the coalition of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance and the Russian Alliance, and the Farmers and Green received one seat each.