Ruling party ousted in general election
The ruling Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS – LKD) led by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has been defeated in yesterday’s general election.
The election takes place in two parts with 71 of the 140 seats in the Seimas being elected in single seat constituencies whilst the remaining 70 are decided on a proportional representation list. Some of the single seat constituencies will require a second ballot which will take place on 28th October.
Although results are not yet in for the single seat constituencies, the Labour Party (DP) led by Viktor Uspaskich has taken 20.03% and 17 seats in the PR list. The Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP) have come second in the list with 16 seats and 18.45% of the vote whilst the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS – LKD) managed just 14.84% and 12 seats.
Four other parties have won seats in the PR list. One of them, the Order and Justice Party (TT), which came sixth with 7.38% of the vote and six seats has agreed to talks with the Labour Party and Social Democratic Party of Lithuania to form a coalition government.
The three parties were quick to issue a statement reassuring the international community that there would be no sliding on fiscal measures. The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats is believed to have lost the election because of their tight austerity measures which, although producing results, were disliked by the voters.
Voters also rejected the idea of a new nuclear powered generating plant in a referendum yesterday. Only 34% voted for the plant with 63% rejecting the idea.