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Established Lithuanian Parties Move to Freeze Out Labor

After Sunday's run-off elections in Lithuania, established parties across the political spectrum are exploring the possibility of forming a coalition that would outweigh the new Labor Party.

The populist Labor Party, a newcomer led by Russian-born millionaire Viktor Uspaskich, won the largest single bloc of seats - 39 - but not enough to form a government. Between them, two rightist parties won 43 seats in the 141-seat legislature, and two leftist parties won 31.

These other parties all fear increased Russian influence in Lithuania and want to diminish Mr. Uspaskich's political power.

It remains unclear who would head a new coalition government.

It will be up to Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus to nominate a new prime minister.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.