Lithuanians vote for change, handing win to Farmers’ Union

Lithuanians voted for major change in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing victory to a farmers’ union that previously held only one seat in parliament.

The Peasants and Green Union party, led by 46-year-old millionaire farmer Ramunas Karbauskis, is expected to end up with 56 seats in the 141-member Parliament, according to preliminary results provided by the Central Electoral Committee. It is the biggest victory by a single party in 20 years.

The conservative Homeland Union-Christian Democrats will likely take 30 seats.

The incumbent ruling party, the Social Democrats, would take 18 seats, preliminary results show. The remaining seats will be split among several smaller parties.

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