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11 May
Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president
Nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected 26 May run-off coinciding with European parliament elections. Top contenders include centre-left Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, conservative-backed ex-finance minister Ingrida Simonyte and independent economist Gitanas Nauseda.
Phenomenal annual wage growth -- approximately 10% -- in recent years has raised the average gross salary to €970. But poverty and income inequality remain among the highest in the EU, largely due to weak progressive taxation.
Lithuanian presidents are in charge of foreign policy and hold a seat at EU summits. They also appoint ministers, judges, the military chief and the head of the central bank, but must often seek approval from parliament or the prime minister.

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by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 05:59:02 PM EST
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