Conservatives claim victory in Lithuanian election
Andrius Kubilius, leader of the Lithuanian Homeland Union - Christian Democrats, claimed victory in the country's general election late Sunday, according to dpa.
In early counting, his conservative-leaning party has picked up 20 parliamentary seats to add to the 18 it already had from the first round of voting two weeks ago, and was on target for around 45 seats in total, giving it a clear lead over its rivals.
Speaking to reporters while cheers rang out from the party faithful in the next room as more gains were announced, Kubilius said a new government could be in place "by the end of November."
"Lithuania is choosing change - which will be implemented by a centre right coalition. I hope that tomorrow morning we shall be able to agree with our coalition partners at the beginning of talks on the agenda of the a new government," Kubilius told Deutsche Presse- Agentur dpa.
Asked about his first actions in government, Kubilius said: "We have a plan and in this situation it will be called something like a crisis prevention plan given our economic and financial situation, where we see quite a lot of problems with this year's and next year's budget. That will be the main priority."
Kubilius said he would insist on the Homeland Union gaining control of the ministries of economy, defence, finance and foreign affairs.
"We have a situation which is really challenging. But challenges can mean more interesting times for government than a calm period," said Kubilius.