Centre-right independent candidate Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania’s presidential election as challenger Ingrida Simonyte, a conservative-backed independent MP, conceded defeat. (AFP pic) VILNIUS: Gitanas Nauseda, a centre-right independent and political novice, won Lithuania’s presidential runoff in a race marked by low populist sentiment and concerns over inequality in the Baltic eurozone state.
Although Lithuanian presidents do not directly craft economic policy, bread-and-butter issues have dominated the race.
Experts also noted that by choosing between two pro-EU, centre-right candidates in the runoff, Lithuanians who see the European Union as a source of prosperity and security bucked growing eurosceptic and populist sentiment in the bloc.
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