New challenges for Lithuania’s new president

  • 2019-06-27
  • Kestutis Girnius
Gitanas Nausėda, a former central banker and political independent, surged to a decisive victory in the second round of Lithuania’s presidential elections, held on May 26, garnering 66.72% of the vote and winning in every single electoral district. The scope of his victory was unexpected, since his opponent Ingrida Šimonytė, a former Finance Minister supported by the opposition Conservatives (Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, HU-LCD) had secured 31.31% in the first round, beating Nausėda by less than 0.5% of the vote. However, Nausėda’s popularity is not as o...
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