Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Depardieu launches "Proud to be Russian" watch range

Read more

DEBATE

SPECIAL: US and Cuba Normalise Relations

Read more

ENCORE!

Forget Harry Potter, Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' sells millions

Read more

FOCUS

Child migrants: no parents, no passports

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Thousands flee Libya and Nigeria to seek refuge in Niger

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Sony Pictures reels from cyber-attack

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"Todos somos Americanos"

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Cuba-USA: 'A roll of the dice'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The 'Caribbean Wall' is starting to crumble

Read more

Europe

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

COMMENT(S)