December 22, 1997 |
Political novice Arturas Paulauskas triumphed in the first round of Lithuania's presidential elections but was heading for a tough runoff with former Chicago resident Valdas Adamkus. With 64% of the vote counted, Paulauskas, 44, had garnered 45.3%. But without a majority, Paulauskas was set to face fellow political newcomer Adamkus, 71, who polled 27.6%, in a runoff Jan. 4.
October 19, 1996 |
Dogged by charges of corruption and widely blamed for letting crime get out of hand, the Communists--the ruling party in this former Soviet republic--face likely defeat in Lithuania's parliamentary elections Sunday. The first Communists in Eastern Europe to stage a political comeback after the Soviet bloc collapsed, Lithuania's reformed Communist Party may now earn the dubious honor of becoming the first to be booed back offstage.
October 27, 1992 |
Lithuania's former Communist leader, a maverick who wants closer ties with Russia without sacrificing his country's independence, regained influence as his new party captured a big bloc of parliamentary seats, according to election returns released Monday. In a stunning rebuff to their current leader, Vytautas Landsbergis, only 21% of voters cast ballots for the ruling Sajudis Movement, which spearheaded Lithuania's secession drive.
October 9, 2000 |
A leftist coalition headed by a former Communist leader made a strong showing in Lithuanian parliamentary elections, appearing to easily surpass the ruling Conservatives, according to partial voting results. The Social Democratic coalition, led by onetime Communist Party boss and former President Algirdas Brazauskas, had won 33% of the vote with the ballots from 219 out of 2,027 polling stations counted, the election commission reported.
August 27, 1994 |
How would you like the government to tack a couple of zeros on the end of your bank account balance, increasing your savings by a factor of 100? This is the seductive offer Lithuanians will vote on today in a nationwide referendum, which, if approved, would oblige the government to index bank savings to account for the hyper-inflation that ravaged the country in the early 1990s. Supporters of the measure admit it is unlikely to pass but say that if it does, it will restore economic justice.
November 16, 1992 |
The first republic to break away from the Soviet Union appeared to be on the verge of returning former Communists to power in parliamentary runoffs. Lithuanian voters angered by hard times said as they left the polls that they were ready to give the former Communists--now called the Democratic Labor Party--a chance to restore economic order. The big loser could be Sajudis, the anti-Communist party that led Lithuania to independence in 1990.