30 November 2020,   02:52
Centre-right opposition wins Lithuania’s parliamentary election

The conservative opposition Homeland Union party has won Lithuania’s elections with a projected 50 seats in the 141-seat parliament, the electoral commission said after almost all votes were counted.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ Union of Farmers and Greens came a distant second with just 32 seats, while its three coalition partners fared even worse – two of the three scraped back into parliament, also known as Seimas, with only three seats each.

Homeland Union leader Ingrida Simonyte said she would immediately begin coalition talks with the country’s two liberal parties, the Liberal Movement, which won 13 seats, and the recently-founded Freedom Party, which won 11 seats.

In a joint statement the leaders of the three parties, which would have a slim majority, said they would begin talks on forming a centre-right coalition led by Simonyte, a former finance minister.