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Lithuanian Elections Positive Surprise for Brazauskas

A coalition of the traditional parties might form the new Lithuanian government and keep Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas in office after Sunday’s elections in the small Baltic state.

A coalition of the traditional parties might form the new Lithuanian government and keep Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas in office after Sunday’s elections in the small Baltic state. The newly founded Lithuanian Labor Party, led by Russian-born businessman Viktor Uspaskich, lost the second round of elections held Sunday. Securing 39 of the 141 seats of the Seima, Uspaskich’s party is the largest but not secured of leading the next government. A coalition of the traditional parties could instead form the new government and keep Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas in office. Brazauskas's current government has been in office since July 2001. The Social Democrats and New Union won 31 seats, while the Conservative Homeland Union took 25 and the Liberal Centre Union got 18, according the first estimates from the Election Commission in Vilnius. Among other parties winning seats were the coalition formed by impeached former President Rolandas Paksas, which took 11 seats, and the Peasants and New Democracy Party of former Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, with 10 mandates. (EUobserver.com)

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