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Opposition Party Heads for Win in Lithuanian Election - 2004-10-10


An opposition party led by an ethnic Russian businessman appears headed for victory in Sunday's Lithuanian parliamentary election.

With nearly all the votes counted, the Labor Party, led by Viktor Uspaskich, won 31 percent of the ballots cast while the ruling left-wing coalition has 20 percent.

Four other parties have between four and 12 percent.

Mr. Uspaskich plans to hold coalition talks with other parties after runoff elections in two weeks. The Labor Party has pledged to maintain pro-Western policies, but it is up to President Valdas Adamkus to decide who will form the new government.

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