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There were 4 very close races in the second round. By the law, all votes should be recounted if the mandate is decided by less than 50 votes.

One of the four recounts indicates other winner in one Vilnius district. Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (a popular minister of Social Security and Labour) was leading by 32 votes (5897 vs 5865) against a conservative Audronius Ažubalis, but is behind by 56 votes after a recount. The case is under investigation, from attorneys as well. Blinkevičiūtė would get to Seimas anyway, but Homeland Union and LSDP seats would be adjusted to 45 and 25, respectively. (Blinkevičiūtė is considered the most realistic socialdemocratic candidate in the Presidential election next year.)

by das monde on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 06:53:45 AM EST

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