Lithuania's President Grybauskaite to run for second term

February 03, 2014 - 2:51:11 pm

VILNIUS: Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite announced Monday she would seek a second term when elections are held in May.

"My choice is to work for you and I will run again in Lithuania's presidential elections as an independent candidate," Grybauskaite said in her speech aired live on national television.

The 57-year-old tough-talking former European Union budget commissioner pledged to make sure that the Baltic EU state's ongoing economic recovery "reaches every home" except those of "oligarchs".

The move was widely expected and Grybauskaite is a clear favourite scoring around 40-percent support in a recent opinion survey.

She scored a resounding victory in 2009 and enjoys solid support from conservatives and liberals.

Her closest rival, Zigmantas Balcytis, a Social Democrat member of the European Parliament, enjoys only 8.6-percent popular support, according to survey released on Monday.

If no candidate garners more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 11 first round, a second round between the top two will be held on May 25 together with elections to the European Parliament. (AFP)