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2015.09.08 13:45

Grybauskaitė would lead Lithuanian presidential race, followed by Paksas

BNS  Lithuania’s incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaitė would lead presidential elections, closely followed by MEP Rolandas Paksas, the leader of the Order and Justice party whose way to the presidential race was blocked by the Constitution.

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Lithuania’s incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaitė would lead presidential elections, closely followed by MEP Rolandas Paksas, the leader of the Order and Justice party whose way to the presidential race was blocked by the Constitution.

According to the poll published by the daily ‘Lietuvos Rytas’ on Friday, 43.3 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Grybauskaitė, while 14.8 per cent pledged their vote to Paksas.

During the poll carried out by the public opinion and market research company ‘Vilmorus’ on 14-23 February, the respondents were given a list of participants of the political campaign registered with the Central Electoral Commission. Paksas is among those registered; however, Lithuania’s Constitutional doctrine bans impeached individuals from running for president.

In an impeachment procedure in April of 2004, Paksas was ousted from the President’s Office.

Other candidates – the Social Democratic Party’s Zigmantas Balčytis, the Labour Party’s MP Artūras Paulauskas and MP Linas Balsys – would secure 8.3 per cent, 7.3 per cent and 4.1 per cent of the votes, respectively.

The presidential elections are scheduled for 11 May 2014.

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