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2020.10.26 09:52

Lithuanian election winners look to form conservative-liberal government

BNS2020.10.26 09:52

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is meeting with party leaders on Monday to discuss the formation of a new government after the parliamentary election.

After the election results came in on Sunday night, the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) announced it was launching talks with two liberal parties – the Liberal Movement and Freedom Party – to build a centre-right government coalition.

The Homeland Union secured 50 seats in the new parliament and will have a majority of 74 seats out of 141 with the two coalition partners, based on the preliminary results.

In a joint declaration issued on Sunday night, the leaders of the three parties said they were ready to form a Cabinet led by Ingrida Šimonytė.

Under the Constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president with approval from the Seimas. The president also tasks the prime minister with forming the government and has to approve the composition of the new Cabinet.

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