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Lithuania election: voters set to pick centre-left coalition

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Lithuania election: voters set to pick centre-left coalition


Lithuania’s centre-right government is likely to be voted out in a general election on Sunday.

The ex-Soviet state has suffered a sharp fall in living standards as the country puts its finances in order following the 2008 financial crisis.

Voters are likely to install a coalition led by the opposition Social Democrats. They’ve promised to raise the minimum wage and hike taxes for the rich.

Thirteen percent unemployment has led to high rates of emigration and one of Europe’s biggest demographic declines.

A non-binding referendum on whether to build a new nuclear plant is being held alongside Sunday’s vote. Greenpeace protesters have campaigned against its construction.

Lithuania closed its last Soviet-era nuclear plant in 2009 and imports 80 percent of its energy needs from Russia.

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