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Turnout Low in Round 2 of Lithuanian Parliamentary Elections


Low turnout has marked the second round of parliamentary elections in Lithuania.

Election officials said that one hour before voting ended Sunday, just 31 percent of Lithuania's 2.4 million voters had cast ballots. That was a drop from the 37 percent pre-closing turnout in first-round elections two weeks ago.

An additional eight percent of Lithuanians cast absentee ballots for the 66 parliamentary seats in districts where no candidate gained a majority in the first round.

The newly-founded Labor Party of Russian-born tycoon Viktor Uspaskich won 23 seats in the first round to become the largest group in the 141 member parliament. Lithuania's ruling left-of-center coalition, which won 19 seats, and conservatives agreed to work together against the pro-Moscow Laborites in the second round.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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