Minor party wins general election in Lithuania


The centrist Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVŽS), which previously held just one seat in parliament, has won the general election which concluded its second round of voting yesterday.

With 1914 of the 1922 districts having reported the LVŽS has taken 54 seats in the 141 seat Seimas.

The ruling centre-left Social Democrats (LSDP) dropped 21 seats to take 17 seats and the main opposition centre-right Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LDK) won 31 seats, down two seats.

Seven other parties will be represented in the new parliament with the centre-right Liberal Movement (LRLS) the only other party to get double-digit seats with 14 seats. The Labour Party (DP), which had been in coalition with the Social Democrats dropped 27 seats and now have just two seats.

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