Lithuanians to Select new parliament amid virus Anxieties

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian voters will decide on a new parliament Sunday for a country that has seen a recent explosion in COVID-19 instances and whose center-right coalition government has faced strong criticism over towering virus-related unemployment.

Even the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the party which leads a vast majority coalition with three younger partners, expect to stay in power from the southernmost Baltic republic.

Five or six parties have been predicted to cross the 5 percent threshold to enter the 141-seat Seimas parliament but not one is very likely to secure over 20% service, therefore horse-trading talks to make a coalition are anticipated following the election.

The current sharp increase in virus infections and fresh constraints may induce many Republicans to remain at home, impacting turnout one of Lithuania’s 2.4 million registered Republicans. Another round of voting was set for Oct. 25 in constituencies where no candidate receives a majority.

Most Lithuanians complain that authorities didn’t do enough to assist companies throughout the country’s coronavirus lockdown, since the unemployment rate jumped from 9 percent in February to over 14 percent in October. Other people state the rigorous health regulations concentrated on battling the virus left tens of thousands of different patients with no appropriate access to medical services.

Supporters of the ruling coalition state that this coastal southern country was one of the lucky ones who suffered comparatively lightly from the pandemic. So far Lithuania has observed 5,500 supported coronavirus instances and only above 100 deaths.

Additionally, it has played a significant role since the protests in neighboring Belarus unfold against that state’s authoritarian leader.

Lithuania has given refuge to Belarus opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who fled Belarus after hard President Alexander Lukashenko in the nation’s Aug. 9 presidential election.

Together with its neighbors Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania quickly imposed sanctions from Belarusian leaders, along with the European Union — a 27-nation bloc which contains the three Baltic countries — finally followed suit with sanctions. Belarus isn’t an EU member.