The centre-right party in Lithuania has agreed to talks with three other parties on forming a coalition.
The Homeland Union-Christian Democrat Party won 44 seats in parliament in a second round of voting on Sunday, but it failed to secure a parliamentary majority.
The leader of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, Andrius Kubilius said:
“Our first steps are very clear. The decent assessment of the situation shows we need an anti-crisis plan for the economy and finance, and to combat corruption and solving energy problems.”
Picking up only 22 seats, the head of the Social Democrats Party and Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas expressed misgivings about the coalition talks:
“I suppose the coalition in-the-making is not very stable and many questions about this agreement will surface soon,” he warned.
The main challenge facing the next government is the economy and adopting the Euro currency despite the global crisis.
Combined, the four parties in coalition talks have
a total of 79 seats and a majority in parliament.