Lithuania’s outgoing president voted for SocDem candidate

May 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Valdas Adamkus, Lithuania’s president about to complete his second term in office, voted for the Social Democratic Party’s leader Butkevicius in the presidential elections on Sunday.

His choice can be clearly seen in a recording of the LNK television news broadcast from the Vilnius polling station where Adamkus and his wife Alma cast their votes.  This news has been posted on many www media portals.

The recording circulated in the Internet clearly shows candidate No. 1 – Social Democrats’ Butkevicius – marked on Adamkus’ ballot.

Asked on Sunday to indicate the candidate he had supported, the president said it was easy for him to decide but refused to reveal the personality.

“This is because I had evaluated the candidates in advance, I had enough time for that and did not change my stance this morning,” Adamkus told BNS.

In comment of Adamkus’ choice, the president’s spokeswoman Rita Grumadaite said on Monday that privacy of voting was guaranteed in Lithuanian laws. “The president has repeatedly said that he had made his decision on the candidate to vote for a long time ago. He is also very happy that the president was elected in the first round of elections,” Grumadaite told BNS on May 18.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Grybauskaite, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics.

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