Lithuanian Presidetial Election Heads to Runoff Incumbent PM Ambits Defeat

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Added On May 14, 2019

 The incumbent Prime Minister has admitted defeat after Sunday's presidential election ballot.

Economist Gitanas Nauseda and former Lithuania's finance minister Ingrida Simonyte head to the presidential runoff, which is scheduled for May 26.
 
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According to  preliminary results by the country's Central Electoral Commission, economist Gitanas Nauseda lead the race with 31.2 percent of voters' support, while former Lithuania's finance minister Ingrida Simonyte ranked second with 27.1 percent.
 
Incumbent Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who received 22.2 percent of the votes, admitted defeat.
The front-runner, independent candidate Nauseda, expressed his gratitude to supporters.
 
Simonyte, backed by Lithuania's main right-wing party Homeland Union, stated that the theory about two right wing candidates in the second round of the elections has materialized.
 
Earlier on election night, Prime Minister Skvernelis repeatedly pledged he would quit from the office if the vote was unsuccessful.