Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite speaks with journalists after she cast her ballot at a polling station during a pre-vote for parliamentary elections in Vilnius, Lithuania, on October, 5, 2016. / AFP / Petras Malukas
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Lithuanians fed up with economic inequality and mass emigration began voting in round one of a tight general election Sunday, which could see the governing Social Democrats lose power.Wage growth and job creation have been key rallying cries for candidates in this eurozone state of 2.9 million people, plagued by an exodus of workers seeking higher wages, many of them in Britain.Since Lithuania joined the EU in 2004, nearly half the estimated 370,000 people who have left went to Britain, where uproar over eastern European immigration was seen as a key factor in the Brexit vote to leave the bloc.Opinion polls show two parties running close behind Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius's leftist Social Democrats, which have 15.6 percent support.Five to eight parties are expected to pass the five percent threshold to enter parliament, signalling complicated coalition talks.
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