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These presidential elections will be different: intrigue awaits

The nearing presidential elections will be rather different to the past two. In 2009, there was a clear leader and a second round wasn’t even needed, while in 2014 a second round did happen, but there was very little intrigue, lrt.lt writes. This time, however, things will be interesting – it will definitely be a new politician, who will arrive in Daukantas Square. Will this bring about greater voter turnout? […]

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Presidential candidate debate: candidates split into two groups

On Thursday, the first major presidential candidate debate was organised at Vytautas Magnus University (VDU). Following the debate, the lrt.lt portal asked experts for their views on the candidates’ performance. VDU professor Algis Krupavičius saw there being two groups of candidates, while Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis Medias Programme head Donatas Puslys stated that some candidates were fortunate to have good performances. […]

Presidential candidates' debate
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Presidential candidate discussion features pointed remarks: you want to open a gate to the East

The Eastern Europe Studies Centre organised its fourth Stasys Lozoraitis Annual Lithuanian Foreign Policy Conference, which featured a debate between potential presidential candidates on Lithuania’s position with the European Union resolving fundamental political challenges. The discussion had no lack of laughter and pointed remarks exchanged. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Questions for the president about commercial and central banks’ actions in crisis investigation

The Seimas Committee on Budget and Finance will request President Dalia Grybauskaitė to answer questions on the financial crisis. She will be sent questions about the actions of commercial banks and the Bank of Lithuania by committee chairman Stasys Jakeliūnas. Former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius criticises such pursuits and similarly to the president, describes S. Jakeliūnas as inadequate, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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More than just falling ministers could hamper Skvernelis’ ratings

Gas, electricity and heating prices are rising. After paying up to 20% more for utilities during winter, the people will be electing their new municipal governments already in spring, as well as their representatives to the European Parliament. Lrt.lt questions – will the citizens, especially the “bottoms Lithuania”, want to vote for those, who did not stop the price increases? […]

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Šimonytė explains where millions for teachers‘ wages vanished

Already prior to September, 17 million euro were earmarked for teachers’ wage raises and at the end of October, the Ministry of Education and Science declared that another 10 million euro was set aside. The teachers are on strike and state they have not noticed this funding despite the ministry sharing especially favourable statistics. Presidential candidate Ingrida Šimonytė visited the teachers on strike and mentioned, where the millions intended for wages could have vanished. […]

Ingrida Šimonytė, Gitanas Nausėda
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A. Januška: G. Nausėda has a risk that could be used by S. Skvernelis

Ingrida Šimonytė and Gitanas Nausėda have decided to participate in the presidential elections. They are in neither the left, nor the right shelf, more uniting than divisive candidates and perhaps they are what Lithuania needs today, Lithuanian Act of Independence signatory Albinas Januška told lrt.lt. Furthermore, G. Nausėda would apparently be the main barrier to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis entering the second round of the presidential elections, if the PM did choose to candidate, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis, Ingrida Šimonytė, Gitanas Nausėda
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Facebook entries or live meetings: what will help win the presidential elections?

Who will win in the elections? The one to post the most entries on social media or the one to shake most hands? This question can be posed to those aiming for the office of head of state with just half a year left to the presidential elections. Communications specialist Arijus Katauskas observes that we should not expect for social media to replace live meetings with voters, while political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas stresses that direct work with voters is especially important for politicians, lrt.lt writes. […]

Dėmesio centre
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Political scientist Girnius: I think Skvernelis will not run for president

Talking about the past two years of this Seimas term, political scientist Kęstutis Girnius quipped that all we are missing is a Seimas inquiry into Vytautas the Great’s actions following the Battle of Žalgiris. What […]

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Lithuania’s TS-LKD picks Šimonytė as presidential candidate

Lithuania’s opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) has picked MP and former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė as the party’s presidential candidate in a primary election held over the weekend. […]