Left wins Lithuanian election
Rahvusvahelised uudised 29 Oct 2012  EWR
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Algirdas Butkevičius likely to become Lithuania's next prime minister.

Andrew Gardner , European Voice
The Social Democrats have emerged victorious from Lithuania's parliamentary election, enabling a return to power for the party that led Lithuania into economic crisis of 2008.

The Social Democrats finished second in the popular vote on 14 October, with 18.3%, but in yesterday's second round – which decided 71 of the 141 seats in the Seimas – it emerged as the most powerful party. Its 15 seats in the first round and 23 in the second gave it five seats more than the centre-right Homeland Union of Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.

The Social Democrats' second-round victory extinguished Kubilius's lingering hopes that his party could overturn its four-seat deficit from the first round and gain the right to make the first attempt to form a coalition.

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