Ex-Lithuanian finmin to announce decision on presidential race

Lithuania’s former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė will announce later on Monday whether she will run for president after being nominated by part of branches of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.

Šimonytė will hold a press conference at the parliament at 11.30 a.m. 37 HU-LCD branches have nominated Šimonytė for president. 34 branches earlier nominated Žygimantas Pavilionis, an MP and former diplomat, but he eventually decided against joining the presidential race. 28 HU-LCD branches have also nominated financial analyst Gitanas Nausėda who is not a member of the party, and 27 branches have nominated party member and former Foreign Minister Vygaudas Ušackas. Nausėda, Ušackas and Šimonytė have time until Wednesday to announce whether they will take part in the HU-LCD primaries.

 

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