Posts tagged as presidential election

US election divides Lithuanian diaspora: ‘intolerance visible on both sides’

Friday, October 9, 2020

The divisive presidential election in the United States has also exposed differences among the Lithuanian diaspora in the county, according to the Lithuanian American Community. The Lithuanian diaspora is deeply split into two camps over the upcoming presidential election on November 3, where Democrat Joe Biden will run against Republican incumbent Donald Trump, according to Arvydas Urbonavičius, the chairman of the Lithuanian American Community. “It is sad because we are…

Activist in Vilnius projects opposition flag on Belarusian, Russian embassies

Monday, September 14, 2020

On Sunday, an artist in Lithuania projected the white-red colours of the Belarusian opposition flag on the Belarusian embassy and the park in front of the Russian embassy in Vilnius. Egle Grėbliauskaitė, the author of the initiative, said she wanted to express solidarity with Belarusian protesters ahead of the meeting between the Russian and Belarusian presidents. “I just wanted that the message of what the [Belarusian] people, democracy-seeking people want,…

The sorry state of EU’s engagement with Belarus needs to change – opinion

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Rigged elections and crackdown on opposition is something we have seen in Belarus before, but this time it has to different, argues Arnoldas Pranckevičius. As Europe’s attention is back on Belarus after this weekend’s shamefully and brutally rigged presidential election, I can’t but revisit the complicated and frustrated path of the EU’s relations with this important neighbouring country. I happened to have been watching this relationship very closely for 11…

Vilnius won’t send observers to Belarus election

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Lithuania will not be sending any observers to monitor the presidential election in Belarus this weekend. The country’s Foreign Ministry has told BNS that three Lithuanian diplomats residing in Belarus will observe the election, but Vilnius will not send its representatives. Laurynas Kaščiūnas, a Lithuanian MP and the head of the Lithuanian parliament’s provisional group For Democratic Belarus, said the election would not be democratic, since President Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents…

Poles in Vilnius back opposition candidate in presidential election

Monday, June 29, 2020

More Polish voters in Vilnius backed Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski in Sunday’s presidential election, and he will now face incumbent President Andrzej Duda in the second round of voting. A total of 231 people voted in Vilnius over the weekend, the Polish Embassy in Vilnius told BNS, with 91 going for the liberal mayor of Warsaw, and 77 for Duda. Well-known journalist Szymon Hołownia came in third with 34 votes.…

Presidential candidates’ teams trade accusations over campaign funding

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The staffs of Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda, the two candidates vying to be elected Lithuanian president in Sunday’s runoff, exchanged accusations on Monday over the political campaign funding. Paulius Lukauskas, head of the staff of Simonyte, the candidate of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, voiced suspicions that Nauseda might have spent around 50 percent more money than he had officially raised, and complained to the Central Electoral Commission.…

Lithuania selects next President as inequality, poverty top issues

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Despite Lithuania’s long economic upswing, regional differences in wages and polarisation of population are key national problems before the Lithuanian presidential election due on Sunday, May 12. French news agency AFP reports that a total nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected May 26 run-off coinciding with European parliament elections.…

In Georgian presidential election, Zurabishvili close to victory

Thursday, November 29, 2018

In the run-off of the Georgian presidential election, candidate Salome Zurabishvili is expected to win. She is a candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party. French news agency AFP reported citing official completed counts from 98,41% of polling stations that in the Wednesday, November 28, run-off Zurabishvili has received 59.61%, while her rival Grigol Vashadze was set to receive 40,39% of votes. Following the announcement of the exit poll results,…

Lithuanian formin: Georgia’s presidential runoff date raises doubts about transparency

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday the date of the second round of the presidential election in Georgia raised doubts about the transparency of the vote. Georgia’s election body has set the runoff date for Wednesday, November 28. Although the election day will a public holiday in Georgia, critics say holding the runoff on a weekday might prevent some people from voting. “The date of elections surprised us a bit,…

Week in Lithuania. Dual citizenship referendum to be held with presidential vote

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday, October 18, decided that a referendum on dual citizenship will be held on May 12 and 26 alongside the presidential election. 66 lawmakers voted in favour of this decision, and four abstained. Based on the adopted resolution, the binding referendum will be held on the adoption of such an amended text of Chapter 12 of the Lithuanian Constitution. Representatives of the opposition and former…