The first round of the Lithuanian parliamentary elections, held on Oct. 9, defied the expectations of many political pundits. The governing coalition suffered a stunning defeat. Its leading force, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), was favoured to win the greatest share of the votes. Instead, it finished a distant third, garnering 15.05 per cent of the vote, trailing both the Conservatives (TS-LKD), who won 22.59 per cent, and the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party (LVZS), which collected 22.47 per cent. TS-LKD has been allotted 20 seats, LVZS 19, and LSDP 13.
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