Opposition Parties Win Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Lithuanian opposition parties that won Sunday's parliamentary elections held talks early Monday on forming a new government.

The leftist Social Democrats and the Labor Party, plus the populist Order and Justice party said they have agreed to form a three-party coalition, with the post of prime minister going to the Social Democrats.

The parties won a total of 78 seats in the 141-seat government.

Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius' Homeland Union came is second with 32 seats, but had little chance of forming a coalition government.

Mr. Kubilius lead Lithuania when the global economic crisis hit three years ago, forcing him to institute unpopular austerity measures.

Lithuania, a former Soviet republic, is one of the poorest countries in the European Union.