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2019.05.27 17:54

No eurosceptic surge in Lithuania’s European and presidential elections

BNS, LRT.lt2019.05.27 17:54

The results of Sunday's European Parliament elections in Lithuania show the public's trust in mainstream parties, Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), said.

The conservative TS-LKD finished first in Lithuania's European Parliament elections, receiving 18.5 percent of the vote and three EP seats.  

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, former defence minister Rasa Juknevičienė in third.

The only firmly-identitarian party – ‘Vytautas Radžvilas: Let’s take back our nation’, advocating for ‘Europe of nations’ – failed to reach the five percent mark.

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Meanwhile, the independent candidate, Gitanas Nausėda, faced off another center-right challenger, Ingrida Šimonytė, in the presidential run-off on Sunday.

PM Saulius Skvernelis – allied with the ruling Farmers and Greens Union – dropped out in the first round after coming third, whereas the four far-right candidates scored between 0.65 and 4.69 percent.

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