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Grybauskaite elected country's first female president

Latest update : 2009-05-18

The European Union’s budget commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite won a landslide victory in Lithuania’s presidential election with 69 percent of the vote, official results showed Monday.

AFP - The European Union's budget chief Dalia Grybauskaite won a resounding presidential election victory in her homeland Lithuania, with 69.05 percent of the vote, official results showed Monday.
   
With 99.46 percent of votes counted, the figures from the Baltic state's electoral commission showed that Grybauskaite, who stood as an independent, had come far head of the next-best candidate in Sunday's ballot, Social Democrat Algirdas Butkevicius, who obtained 11.87 percent.
   
Turnout among the country's 2.7 million registered voters was 51.66 percent.
   
The five other candidates lagged even farther behind: Valentinas Mazuronis, of the populist Order and Justice party, scored 6.17 percent; Valdemar Tomasevski, leader of Lithuania's Polish-speaking minority, 4.72 percent; Kazimira Prunskiene, of the National Farmers' Party, 3.9 percent; Loreta Grauziniene, of the populist Labour Party, 3.62 percent; and independent Ceslovas Jezerskas, 0.67 percent.
   
Lithuania's incumbent President Valdas Adamkus is retiring after serving two five-year terms, and Grybauskiate is due to take the reins in July, becoming the country's first female president.

Date created : 2009-05-18

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