A local resident casts their ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
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A political minnow fronted by a former police chief pulled off a stunning election victory in Lithuanaia Sunday on the back of promises to deliver much-needed economic growth.After the weekend run-off vote, which followed a first round on Oct. 9, the centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party LGPU) ended up with 54 seats in the 141-member parliament. The conservative Homeland Union, which had been tipped to win, scored a distant second with 31 seats, while the governing Social Democrats were, as expected, relegated to the opposition, with just 17 seats.Vilpisauskas also said he expected the LPGU would keep Lithuania firmly rooted in the EU, the eurozone and NATO.Lithuania's economy shrank by nearly 15 percent during the 2008-9 global financial crisis but quickly recovered and is forecast to expand by 2.5 percent this year.Lithuania's election commission tallied turnout at 38 percent of the 2.5 million eligible voters.
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