Economist wins Lithuania's presidential election

Prominent economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania's presidential election held on Sunday together with election for European parliament. “I am grateful to the people who voted today and I can promise that politics will be different now in Lithuania. Everybody deserves a better life in our beautiful country,” he told a cheering crowd of supporters.

55-year-old Nauseda took more than 70% of the votes, far ahead of his opponent and formen finance minister Ingrida Simonyte. “That is our people's will and I respect it. I already called Mr. Nauseda and congratulated him with this victory wishing him to be a good president for all the people of Lithuania,” she told reporters.

The president's main task is to oversee Lithuania's foreign and security policy including acting as the supreme commander of the armed forces.

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