‘IRON LADY’ IS NEW LITHUANIA PRESIDENT

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VILNIUS: Lithuania’s incumbent “Iron Lady” Dalia Grybauskaite emerged as the clear leader in presidential polls on Sunday (Monday in Manila) marked by her hard line against a resurgent Russia amid the Ukraine crisis, but a first round victory appeared beyond reach. Partial results showed she scored 45 percent support with 40 percent of the vote counted, while her nearest rival, Social Democrat MEP Zigmantas Balcytis, took 14.2 percent, making a May 25 runoff between the two appear likely. Grybauskaite topped the poll as many see her as their best chance to fend off unwanted Russian advances amid Europe’s worst standoff with Moscow since the Cold War. The 58-year-old had vowed ahead of the vote to “take a gun myself to defend the country if that’s what’s needed for national security”.

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