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Lithuania’s Nauseda wins presidential election

Lithuanian President candidate independent economist Gitanas Nauseda speaks to media after second round of Lithuania’s President elections and the European Parliament elections in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 26, 2019. [Photo/IC] VILNIUSFormer central bank board member and economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania’s presidential election on Sunday after his opponent Ingrida Simonyte conceded.

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Nauseda, 55, had 74 percent of the vote, according to election authority results after a quarter of the ballots were counted. Ingrida Simonyte, 44, a former finance minister in a centre-right government, stood at 26 percent.

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Nauseda, a household name because of his role as chief economist at a top bank, has pledged to follow the tough stance set out by current President Dalia Grybauskaite, the Baltic nation’s “Iron Lady” and one of the European Union’s most outspoken critics of the Kremlin.

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