Liberals win most seats in Lithuania
The second round of parliamentary elections in Lithuania took place on Sunday and confirmed success for two ELDR member parties who combined won more seats than their competitors.
Of the total 141 seats in the Seimas up for election, ELDR member parties Darbo Partija and Lietuvos Respublikos liberalų sąjūdis both saw big increases in their vote shares and won a combined 39 seats compared to the Lietuvos socialdemokratų partija (38) and the Tėvynės sąjunga - Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai (33).
With almost 20% of the popular vote, Darbo Partija also won the most seats in the first round of the election where seats are awarded by proportional representation.
Commenting on the result, President of the European Liberal Democrats Sir Graham Watson MEP, said: “I would like to congratulate Darbo Partija and Lietuvos Respublikos liberalų sąjūdis on their strong results over two rounds of elections. It is great to see that the combined vote for our member parties was higher than for the Socialists or Christian Democrats.”
“I look forward to liberals participating and playing a proactive role in the next government.”
The first round of elections took place on 14 October, and the second round on 28 October determined the 71 single-constituency representatives who will take their place in the parliament.
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