Lithuania: Grybauskaite eyes second term in presidential vote

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Lithuania: Grybauskaite eyes second term in presidential vote

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Lithuania’s incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite has been widely tipped to win the country’s presidential election on Sunday, May 11.

Opinion polls have given the former EU budget chief a big lead over her rivals, but some suggest she may face a second round.

An EU member state since 2004, Lithuania plans to adopt the euro next year.

Grybauskaite has been a vocal critic of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and has warned of a threat to the security of the region.

One voter in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas explained what he expected after the election, saying: “I think it’ll be the same path, so no looking eastwards, only westwards’.

“More attention should be paid to the youth, so young people don’t emigrate away,” said a voter in Šiauliai.

Polls close at 18:00 (CET) and initial results are expected shortly afterwards.

If Grybauskaite, or any other candidate, fails to secure more than 50 percent of the votes, a run-off will take place within the next two weeks.