Conservative party wins Lithuanian election

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October 27, 2008 00:28

 
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Lithuania's election commission said a conservative party critical of Russia has won the Baltic country's parliamentary vote. The Homeland Union won both rounds of the election, including Sunday's runoff. The commission said that with 99 percent of the votes counted, the Homeland Union won 44 seats in the 141-member Parliament, while the governing Social Democrats won 26 seats. The conservatives are expected to form a coalition with three smaller center-right parties. Lithuania has had 14 governments since breaking free from the Soviet Union in 1991. The country of 3.4 million people joined the European Union and NATO in 2004.

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