Economist Nauseda tops list of potential candidates for Lithuania’s president office

Lithuanian economist Gitanas Nauseda took the lead on the list of potential candidates for Lithuania’s presidency in the newest poll of Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) published on Monday.

According to the poll, commissioned by and conducted by Spinter Tyrimai, the country’s prime minister Saulius Skvernelis, mayor of Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas Visvaldas Matijosaitis, former diplomat and EU ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas, as well as lawmaker Ingrida Simonyte are among top five politicians on the list, local media reported.

According to the poll, 22.9 percent of respondents would support Nauseda if election were to take place in the nearest future, while 12.8 percent and 12.2 percent of respondents, respectively, would support Skvernelis and Matijosaitis.

6.9 percent of respondents would vote for Usackas, 5.3 percent for Simonyte.

10.2 percent of respondents said they were not sure whom they would support in the election, while 11.9 percent indicated that they would not participate in the ballot.

The Lithuanian presidential elections are scheduled to be held in May 2019. The president of Lithuania is the head of state of the country, elected directly for a five-year term and can serve maximum of two terms consecutively.

Incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite was inaugurated on July 12, 2009 and reelected in May 2014 for the second consecutive term.

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