Lithuanian President reelected in landslide win over PM Ingrida
   Date :28-May-2024

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LITHUANIAN President Gitanas Nauseda secured a second five-year term as Lithuanian President in a landslide victory over Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte. Preliminary figures by the Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission showed that Nauseda won 74.5 per cent of the votes and Šimonyte 24.1 pc. The 60-year-old Nauseda is a moderate conservative and has been a strong backer of Ukraine, a position shared across most of the political spectrum. During his time in office, Lithuania has also given refuge to many who have fled an authoritarian crackdown in neighbouring Belarus and increased repression in Russia. “Lithuania’s independence and freedom is like a fragile vessel that we must cherish, protect and prevent from cracking,” Nauseda said Sunday night after the ballots had been counted, the Baltic News Service reported.
Speaking of the Baltic country’s allies the United States, Germany, Poland, among others, he added that ?We have a very similar position on fundamental issues, like support for Ukraine, the attitude towards the Russian threat.? Nauseda, a former banker, entered politics with his successful presidential run in 2019. He and Šimonyte won the first round but failed to muster the 50% of the votes needed to win the presidency outright. Lithuania is North of Poland and South of the two other Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia. It separates Belarus, an ally of Russia, from Kaliningrad.
PM Modi congratulates Lithuanian President on re-election: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on re-election. He said on X, “I look forward to working together to further strengthen the close cooperation between India and Lithuania.”