May 15, 2014, 12:18 p.m.
On May 11, 2014, 7 candidates contested an election to determine who would serve as the next president of Lithuania. The president of Lithuania, a non-partisan position, serves a 5-year term, which can be renewed once. President Dalia GRYBUSKAITĖ, who was first elected in 2009, finished first in the first round of voting with 611,293 votes (46.61 percent). However, as President GRYBUSKAITĖ did not secure an absolute majority of votes in the first round, she will face former Acting Prime Minister Zigmantas BALČYTIS in the second round of voting on May 25, 2014. In the first round of voting, BALČYTIS won 181,555 votes (13.84 percent). Turnout in the first round of the election was 52.14 percent. The second round of voting will take place on the same day that Lithuanians elect their 11 members of the European Parliament.