Lithuania’s general election: Once again the unexpected

  • 2016-11-02
  • Kestutis Girnius
The second round of the Lithuanian parliamentary elections was as unpredictable as the first. Most pundits assumed that the Conservatives (TS-LKD) and the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party (LVZS), which finished in a dead heat in the first round, would win roughly the same number of votes in the second. This did not transpire. LVZS garnered 35 new mandates for a total of 56, while the Conservatives squeezed out a mere 10 for a grand total of 31. The Social Democrats (LSDP) continued in free fall, winning but 4 run-offs, in comparison to the 22 achieved four years earlier. All in all, they ...
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